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: [...]

Navajo Code Talkers Honored, as well as the Navajo Language

mathias | June 6, 2011

Navajo code talking veterans Chee Willeto, Keith Little (president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association), and Bill Toledo were honored with medallions from Las Cruces official during a special Memorial Day ceremony. Wreaths were thrown in the Rio Grande for those who died, and flags were posted at the graves of many at Hillcrest Memorial [...]

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 [...]

Navajo Gets Help from UMASS Professor

mathias | April 4, 2011

Professor Margaret “Peggy” Speas of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is doing all she can to help Navajo, a language with several tens of thousands of speakers, but few younger speakers (around 5% of speakers). She learned about Navajo in graduate school studying under the famous Ken Hale. She founded a non-profit for Navajo, [...]

Native Languages in March Theatre

mathias | March 11, 2011

March 2011 is a great month for Native languages in theatre! In Canada, the near-extinct Californian language Tongva (spoken by the Gabrieliño) is spoken in Marie Clements’ play “Tombs of the Vanishing Indian” – produced by the Native Earth ­Performing Arts and red diva projects on Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Mojave Language Recovery Efforts Underway

mathias | January 4, 2011

The Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University is establishing workshops to keep Mojave (or Mohave), a Californian language, from dying. Currently, only 22 elderly people speak some Mojave, mostly at the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation in northwest Arizona, California and Nevada, and the Colorado River Indian Reservation at Parker, AZ (shared with Chemehuevi, [...]

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