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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 [...]

KBWG “Voices of Browning” – Blackfoot Language Radio

mathias | April 22, 2011

Radio programs in indigenous languages like Ma:lamalama for Hawaiians and various for the Navajo are definitely a great way for Native language learners to gain extra exposure to their tongues? Blackfoot just joined the bandwagon. The 6 year old 107.5 FM station just launched Blackfoot language classes on their airwaves. Darell Kipp leads a one [...]

Whole Town of Bemidji Becomes Ojibwa Language Immersion Experience

mathias | April 6, 2011

Bemidji, Minnesota, a town of 14,000 between the reservations of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and White Earth Band of Ojibwe, is labeling objects around town with Ojibwe terms (like Ininiwag (men) and Ikwewag (women) on bathroom signs), as in Hawaii where words like aloha (hello/goodbye/love) and mahalo (thank [...]

Indigenous Tweets

mathias | March 31, 2011

One of the best way to practice your Native language fluency and keep up with contemporary vocabulary is by deciphering Indigenous Tweets. Many Native languages are featured including Hawaiian, Cherokee, Mikmaq and Inuktitut! Comic from Grimmy by Mike Peters 03/25/2011. For more information, refer to Living Languages.

Cherokee Google Interface

mathias | March 28, 2011

Cherokee made big news as Google launched an interface entirely in the Cherokee syllabary, which is one of several non-English language interfaces including Hawaiian. Since Cherokee people google a lot just like anyone else, it’s easy to wean themselves off classic google phrases and on to Cherokee equivalents, plus it offers a syllabary keyboard in [...]

Keali’i Reichel to Perform at ASU

mathias | January 12, 2011

Hawaiian singer Keali’i Reichel will perform at Arizona State University (Gammage, Tempe campus, Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard) at 7 PM on March 12, 2011. Tickets are 10$ to around 80$ depending on the seat you pick. This is a great chance to hear the Hawaiian language in person; Keali’i is a native speaker of [...]

Na: Kai ‘Ewalu and Hawaiian Linguistics Terminology

mathias | January 1, 2011

“Na: Kai ‘Ewalu” (the eight seas i.e. the eight seas that join the Islands of Hawaii) is a great resource for learning Hawaiian produced by Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’eliko:lani College of Hawaiian Language, accompanied by a free podcast. It has become very popular reading in Native language revitalization circles due to the success of [...]

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