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Turtle Island Storyteller Edwin Benson

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Edwin Benson (Mandan)

Edwin Benson – Mandan-Hidatsa

(speaks in Mandan language)

My grandfather was a full blood Mandan. My grandmother who died in earlier years, that I didn’t know, was a Hidatsa lady. At that time they called them Gros Ventres. In later years they called them Hidatsa. She only spoke that language. Alone my grandfather spoke the Mandan language. Of course in later in years he was able to speak both languages. That left just my grandfather and me. My dad was left at the home place while the older sister and brother left for school (boarding school). My first language was the Mandan language. Everything at home was all the Mandan language or known as the Nu’itah language.