How to Pronounce Ȟaȟa Wakpadaŋ
These waterways originally connected just north of Owámniyomni, or St. Anthony Falls, in Minneapolis. Using Dakota place names helps to honor the people who have lived here for thousands of years. In this video, several Dakota speakers teach us how to pronounce the creek’s Dakota name.
Special thank you to Šišóka Duta, Jim Rock, and students from Bdote Learning Center. Support for this video was provided by Valley Community Presbyterian Church (VCPC), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the City of Golden Valley's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Hennepin History Museum, and the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission.
The video was produced by Tiana LaPointe with project management by Crystal Boyd. It represents one of several ways that the VCPC Land Acknowledgement Task Force is moving beyond its land acknowledgement statement.