Event: From Language Documentation to Revitalization

mathias | January 3, 2012

• Event: “From Language Documentation to Language Revitalization” • Sponsors: SSILA: Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, CELP: Committee on Endangered Languages • What: Role of Linguistics in endangered language revitalization, as opposed to documentation. Six case studies will be discussed, and the film “We Still Live Here – Âs [...]

2011 Indigenous Language Institute Symposium

mathias | October 14, 2011

The Indigenous Language Institute is holding a symposium at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from Monday, October 24th – Tuesday, October 25th, 2011, organized into 45 minute sessions with 15 minute question/answer periods. Registration (through the ILI website) is $225, or $150 for students and elders. This year’s symposium is focused on immersion. [...]

Write Obama to Help Native Languages

mathias | July 15, 2011

The LSA: Linguistic Society of America is urging you to write President Obama and ask him to sign the executive order on Native American language revitalization. Show your support for Native languages by printing out the template, signing it, and dropping it in the mailbox!

Plenty of Native Language Events Left for June

mathias | June 14, 2011

One of, if not the, largest Native language events over the summer is the National Native Language Revitalization Summit in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2011, which is coordinated by Cultural Survival and the National Alliance to Save Native Languages. Otherwise, The Institute to Teach, Revitalize Indigenous Languages at the University of Arizona has a [...]

National Museum of the American Indian Summer Events

mathias | June 13, 2011

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Siletz Tribe of Oregon are being hosted this summer by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. in a series of festivals that celebrate American Indian music, culture, food and art. This year, their annual Living Earth Festival coincides with their Conversations with the Earth: [...]

Hawaiian Immersion Program in Washington

Richard Littauer | May 31, 2011

Several Hawaiian educators recently traveled to Washington to talk to the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Specifically, they were talking about the success and worth of immersion programs in native languages. “These languages are crucial to Native American literature, ceremonial life, spirituality, kinship practices, and overall indigenous identity,” said Namaka Rawlins, a liaison from [...]

Help Native Languages by Interning as a Linguist over the Summer for SAIVUS and/or VizLingo

mathias | May 10, 2011

The Society to Advance Indigenous Vernaculars of the United States (SAIVUS) is associated with VizLingo, a social-media company above Tumblr., which is creating the world’s first global visual language. Essentially, the program they’re inventing garnishes text with video clips, allowing word definitions (and entire worldviews) to be seen in conjunction with how they are written [...]

Great Cherokee Nation Symposium Was Held in Mid April 2011

mathias | May 10, 2011

Northeastern State University’s Annual 39th Cherokee Nation Symposium ran from April 11th – 16th, which was, as always, free to the public thanks to financial support from the Oklahoma Humanities Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, Muscogee Creek Nation Casino, Proctor and Gamble and numerous private donors. Native speaking Cherokee linguist and University [...]

Tsi Akim Maidu Cultural Center Opens

mathias | April 29, 2011

The Tsi Akim band of Maidu in California (in the process of gaining federal recognition but currently recognized by local counties like Nevada and Yuba), are opening a cultural center, by which they mean an educational headquarters for learning more about the tribe. On Saturday April 30th, 2011 in Grass Valley, where they used to [...]

Revitalizing Menominee

mathias | April 28, 2011

Posoh Mawanew Weyak (Hello) -Menominee greeting Menominee is an Algonquian language endemic to Wisconsin and Michigan (for over 15,000 years) which has about 130 speakers or so. Specifically, there are 12 native/fully fluent speakers (75+ and older), plus around 100 “near speakers”: 39 first language speakers, 26 bilingual speakers, and 65 other individuals with some [...]

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