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Old 01-21-2010, 06:38 PM   #1
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Question Anybody with Lakota Language Knowledge?

I need help with a sioux word. I'm very curious about it's meaning and been looking for information for some time.

Anybody can help with it?

The word is: MAKASSEWA

The word was spelled to me so it is well written. The only thing I know about it is that it is part of someone's name, like grey-bear, sitting-bull, black-raven in example...

Please help me finding the meaning, it's very important for me.

Thanks in advance and love!
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: Anybody with Lakota Language Knowledge?

I tried looking it up through language translators online but to no avail. Have you tried contacting a translator directly or maybe a expert on the subject?

I would try contacting this guy maybe.

http://language.nativeweb.org/Lakota_translation.htm

I looks like he has alot of words already translated in case you were interested in other words.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:06 PM   #3
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I tried looking it up through language translators online but to no avail. Have you tried contacting a translator directly or maybe a expert on the subject?

I would try contacting this guy maybe.

http://language.nativeweb.org/Lakota_translation.htm

I looks like he has alot of words already translated in case you were interested in other words.

Yes I've tried to contact some Sioux groups but I have never received an answer (and I'm talking of 3 years ago!).

I'll try the link you posted.

Thank you very much!
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Old 01-22-2010, 02:14 AM   #4
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Avalon senior member Day could certainly help you with this .
If she ever comes back . She is unfortunately not on at this moment
and I don't know when she will come back .

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Old 01-22-2010, 04:36 AM   #5
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Avalon senior member Day could certainly help you with this .
If she ever comes back . She is unfortunately not on at this moment
and I don't know when she will come back .

Love from me
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Oh! Thank you very much Mudra! I'll keep an eye open just in case she ever shows up again! It's very important for me but I don't know why... In fact, translating someones name shouldn't be so important but you know how this things work.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:54 AM   #6
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I need help with a sioux word. I'm very curious about it's meaning and been looking for information for some time.

Anybody can help with it?

The word is: MAKASSEWA

The word was spelled to me so it is well written. The only thing I know about it is that it is part of someone's name, like grey-bear, sitting-bull, black-raven in example...

Please help me finding the meaning, it's very important for me.

Thanks in advance and love!
i would try john trudell. and if he can't he will know some1 who can. he woke up a long time ago (i saw it) and even if he's not, now, your inquiry might give him a nudge. he is one of our most extraordinary messengers. one of our greatest poets.

he's been workin the frontline for decades so i pray he's still well. amazing man, mr john trudell. peace and love to you

and peace and love to us all
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:56 AM   #7
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i would try john trudell. and if he can't he will know some1 who can. he woke up a long time ago (i saw it) and even if he's not, now, your inquiry might give him a nudge. he is one of our most extraordinary messengers. one of our greatest poets.

he's been workin the frontline for decades so i pray he's still well. amazing man, mr john trudell. peace and love to you

and peace and love to us all
Thank you Josie! I'll try! Peace & Love to you too and to everybody else!
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Old 01-22-2010, 05:17 AM   #8
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you might try
breaking it up

maa ki sewa
maa kas sewa
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Old 01-22-2010, 08:31 AM   #9
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It would be Lakota. Sioux is a French word. There is 3 dialects. Lakota, Nakota, Dakota.
MAKA-SSE-WA

MAKA=Skunk

WA is a suffix in many pronouns so it probably translates as He-Skunk or She-Skunk or something like that. But the SSE is not a translatable word at all.

I looked in some very reliable places so sorry I can't do better!!

BTW John Trudell, as great a man he is, is not available to be the Language expert or even be asked if he knows one by just anyone who is curious.
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:11 PM   #10
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you might try
breaking it up

maa ki sewa
maa kas sewa
It could be a solution, Exchanger, but as I said before, it was spelled to me.

MAKA can mean skunk, dirt, soil and land. But there's no traduction for SEWA or SE WA. WA could be a preposition "an". But then we have the same problem: I can't find a word "SE" in Lakota...

The only hint I have is the following: that is part of a "persons" name, and not only that but it's part of the name of several "persons" related in a spiritual way with my wife's family and with me. You could say that it's a family of past times that is connected spiritually with my family. I feel compelled to know what that word means, it's almost compulsive. I don't know why but I feel that knowing that means to have a very important clue for something.

My guess is that this connection goes further than simply two families connected spiritually through time and space. I feel that it has something to do with past lives...
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:10 PM   #11
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I have just chatted with a Cree buddy from my area. His father is in his eighties and tells me the word you seek definition on means "loud voice". Hope this helps.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:25 PM   #12
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I have just chatted with a Cree buddy from my area. His father is in his eighties and tells me the word you seek definition on means "loud voice". Hope this helps.
Oh Thanks Chitty! That is what I was looking for!

Mmmmmmm....nice name for a people that doesn't speak a word... hahahahahahahaha

Don't worry, this is a private joke

Thank you very much all of you, my friends! I really appreciate your help! If you ever need assistance I'll be there!

Love,
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:32 PM   #13
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You are very welcome. Glad to be of assistance. Love and peace to you and yours.
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:17 AM   #14
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"maka" means earth . I will ask a friend about the rest and get back to you
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