Archive for October, 2009
Pulled from the PBS site from the previous post, here are three articles about revitalization efforts
Blackfeet immersion program
Choctaw language at an Alabama elementary school.
The intro is here.
You can view additional videos on Cherokee, Shawnee and Nipmuc on the same page. The Nipmuc teacher, David Tall Pine White, is also featured in this article.
The Bulletin of Bend, Oregon recently ran a story on the efforts of an Warm Springs elder and her apprentice to pass on their language to a new generation. The language in question, Ishichkin (I’ve seen Ichishkiin also) can also be termed Sahaptin. It is grouped with Nez Perce in a subgroup of the Plateau Penutian family called Sahaptian.
Krista Tippet’s “Speaking of Faith” radio series recently included an episode titled “Language and Meaning – an Ojibwe Story” with David Treuer. The page includes an interview with Treuer, an Ojibwe writer, as well as other links and resources relating to revitalization and Native American identity.
There will be a class this year on Chickasaw at Byng Public Schools in Ada, Oklahoma. Chickasaw is a Muskogean language indigenous to the Southern US. Nowadays it is found primarily in Oklahaoma as are many other native languages.
Other living Muskogean languages include Creek and Choctaw.
A letter to Governor Schwarzengger of California that recently appeared on Indian Country Today.
It refers to AB 544 (Coto), a legislative bill going to the desk of the governor. This bill deals with giving a particular type of teaching credential to teachers of Native American languages in California.
Here’s a Capecodtoday.com article about revitalization. There’s even a small bit about a critic of the movement. I take issue with this critic’s assertions but I suppose there’s got to be at least one detractor for every cause.