Northern Utes, Southern Utes and Ute Mountain Utes Hope for Greater Revitalization Efforts

mathias | October 7, 2011

Ich nuu’apag’apü uruskwa’èi. The Ute language is disappearing. …especially among the Southern Utes, where a handful of people can understand a little bit, but only a dozen or so speak it natively. Ute Mountain Utes – situated in an area with fewer non-Ute landowners – have more speakers, but even they number fewer than 525/2,100. [...]

Rosetta Stone Abandons Endangered Language Program

mathias | September 6, 2011

According a recent ILAT: Indigenous Languages and Technology email from Craig Spaulding, one of three members of Rosetta Stone’s Endangered Language Program – the others being Marion Bittinger, Daniel Hieber and a semester or summer intern – Rosetta Stone has no plans to take on endangered languages in the future, also pointing out their overly [...]

Lakota Language and Culture Activist Russell Means Diagnosed with Cancer

mathias | August 18, 2011

Send a link to this blog post or article to everyone you know who can pray for Russell Means (Oglala Sioux), an actor and former American Indian Movement leader that was diagnosed with esophageal cancer (spread to his tongue, lungs and lymph nodes), which is too advanced for surgery. However, he has decided to keep [...]

Revitalizing Tunica

mathias | August 8, 2011

The language isolate Tunica (a.k.a. Tonica, Yuron) has been extinct in Central Louisiana for over 60 years, but has the potential for revival thanks to a variety of old recordings, as well as the efforts of renowned Native language linguist Mary Haas (1910 – 1996), who worked with the last speaker, Sesostrie Youchigant, to publish [...]

ASU’s YES Academy Helps Salt River Pima-Maricopa 16-Year-Old Help Language

mathias | July 26, 2011

16-year-old Maleena Deer (of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community), 16, dreams of revitalizing her language through establishing pedagogical DVDs, internet resources and classes. The 3rd annual YES Academy at Arizona State University has helped her flesh out a working plan of action over four days, along with 20 other students with various entrepreneurial aspirations [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Preserving Shoshone and Bannock

mathias | March 26, 2011

In hope of preserving two Numic (Uto-Aztecan) languages of the Great Basin spoken by closely affiliated cultures: Shoshone and Bannock, Mark Gabrylczyk (Blackfoot) presented information on the benefits of immersion at the Blackfoot School District board meeting. Pedagogical tools and language classes are needed for success; the first step is to procure funding. The Shoshone-Bannock [...]

End of Ojibwe in Suttons Bay Public Schools, Minnesota?

mathias | March 13, 2011

On March 10th, The University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire hosted Ojibwe language activist, author, and Bemidji State University Professor of Ojibwe Dr. Anton Treuer, who was mentioned in a previous SAIVUS Blog posting, to speak about Ojibwe and language revitalization. Treuer is a professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University. He is the editor of [...]

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