Luiseño Language Learning Game in Development

Thornton Media Inc. is yet again making a video game for another Native language, to premiere on the Nintendo DS (which is much more affordable than a computer), after the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians – of whom about 4/200 speak their Uto-Aztecan language of California – contributed $50,000 to California State San Marcos Californian Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, as well as Palomar College’s American Indian Studies Department. The finished product will be shared amongst the tribe’s seven bands in the counties of Riverside and San Deigo, where there are 30-40 speakers in total. $10,000 will go to language workshops at the college, and the rest to the game development and production.

Their initial strategy is to create 3-5 year old children’s level software at first, with voices from tribal members of wall walks of life, to get younger members singing and praying in their language.

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