Navajo Language Immersion Classes

mathias | January 31, 2011

Full day Navajo Language Immersion Classes are being offered at Eva B. Stokely Elementary School at the kindergartner level, and 19 students were enrolled by their parents. According to the school’s principle, Mark Madsen, they will work their way up to more grades, possibly by next year. Note that this would require hiring more Navajo [...]

Serrano and Cahuilla Teaching San Manuel Indian Elder Dies

mathias | January 26, 2011

An elder among the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians name Pauline Murillo passed away Friday at the age of 76. She taught the Serrano language (extinct since 1994) and the extremely endangered Cahuilla languages of California (around 15 speakers), and she was influential in teaching and preserving Southern California Indian culture. Mrs. Murillo is [...]

Native Languages Make Native Movies Better

mathias | January 25, 2011

According to Screen Junkies.com, The 10 Best American Indian Movies of All Time are “Dances with Wolves” (1990), “Last of the Mohicans” (1992), “Little Big Man” (1970), “Fort Apache” (1948), “Nanook of the North” (1922), “The New World” (2005), “The Fast Runner” a.k.a. “Atanarjuat” (2001), “Smoke Signals” (1998), “Apache” (1954), an “Apocalypto” (2006). Half of [...]

Native Language Classes in Public Schools Are a Hit

mathias | January 24, 2011

This week there has been tons of media coverage on increased support for Native language classes. Alyce Spotted Bear from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in New Town – vice president of Native American Studies and Tribal Relations at Fort Berthold Community College, as well as part of the NACIE (National Advisory Council on Indian [...]

Red Lake Ojibwa Language Preservation Summit

mathias | January 21, 2011

Ashinaabe (also called Ojibwa, Ojibwe, Chippewa) is a very large tribe situated in both the US and Canada with many bands that differ in their language, history and culture. Therefore, ‘helping Ashinaabe’ is a very political matter. Settling these matters allows groups to bind together such that they’re more equip to tackle more powerful goals. [...]

Inupiaq Rosetta Stone Software

mathias | January 20, 2011

Shortly after finishing their Navajo Rosetta Stone software (and numerous software for Native languages in the past: Mohawk, Inuktitut, Chitimacha), Anchorage News reported the Rosetta Stone (Endangered Language Program) founded in 2004 is currently working on Inupiaq language learning software. Their strategy is to send people to record sound files, then a team of three [...]

What’s in a Name? Be Careful in Using PISL

mathias | January 20, 2011

Our previous post was about people using Plains Indian Sign Language after learning it from books and videos. At least one of these signers, Ron Garitson, was considered fluent by modern native Cheyenne PISL signers at the 2010 Plains Indian Sign Language Conference. Ron had practiced his PISL with modern native Crow signers, native Assiniboine [...]

Plains Indian Sign Language Professionals

mathias | January 18, 2011

Plains Indian Sign Language (also called Hand Talk), is a signed language that was used by all Natives of the Plains and adjacent regions. Although it is still maintained in modern communities; mostly by the Deaf, in just 100 years or so, dialectology has resulted in major decline of mutual intelligibility (90% to 66% or [...]

Navajo Language Radio

mathias | January 17, 2011

A new article in the Daily Times dissects the benefits and challenges to operating Navajo language radio stations, some additional points are presented here. Many radios have Native language radio programs or stations, but the 27,000 square mile Navajo reservation in the Southwest United States has several: KNDN (Farmington, NM), AM stations KTNN (Window Rock, [...]

Salish Gets Improved Dictionary

mathias | January 16, 2011

The Northwest Coast Native language Nkwusm (Salishan) got over 4,000 copies of the second edition of the “Selis nyo?nuntn: Medicine for the Salish Language” dictionary, for reference use in their immersion schools in Arlee. Executive director Tachini Pete is the editor, and has studied this language for 16 years. Improvements include new and updated entries, [...]

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