Vanished Worlds, Enduring People

The Written Word

Okodakiciye wakan tadowan kin. Hymnal According to the Use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Mission Among the Dakotas. New York: T. Whittaker, [1885]. [view first image] | [view second image]

This hymnal, first published in 1874, was written in the Yankton dialect of the Dakota Indians. It was obviously cherished. Its owner covered it with hide and decorated it with dyed porcupine quills.

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