In the Lakota language, the word tatanka is translated as buffalo or buffalo bull.However, according to native Lakota speakers, the literal translation is something more like "He who owns us." Lakota elder Birgil Kill Straight explains it this way: In the Lakota language, the word tatanka is translated as buffalo or buffalo bull. However, according to native Lakota speakers, the literal translation is something more like "He who owns us."
Black Elk: "The four leggeds came before the two leggeds. They are our older brother, we came from them. Before them, we were the root people. We came from them. We are the same thing. That is why we are spiritually related to them. We call them in our language Tatanka, which means He Who Owns Us. We cannot say that we own the buffalo because he owns us."
For more on the Tatanka, go to: http://www.tankafund.org/history-of-tatanka from which the above information was quoted. If we learn to appreciate the reverence and spiritual significance that some peoples have had for the Bison, our admiration for both the native culture and these magnificent animals is greatly enhanced
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