October 24, 2009

Off to speak in Scottsdale

I'll be in Fort McDowell in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sunday through Tuesday. The reason: to speak at the Falmouth Institute's Native Language Preservation Summit:Language plays an integral part of a tribe’s culture and history. In order to maintain the cultural richness for generations, tribes are searching for ways to preserve or revive their languages. Join the Falmouth Institute for our second annual Native American Language Preservation Summit, where you’ll have an opportunity to explore new ideas and share your own best practices with others.

This deeply important gathering of language experts, language preservation activists and language instructors will inspire and motivate you and your tribe in your journey to keep your language alive. Falmouth’s workshop presenters and keynote speaker will prepare you for your future initiatives and help you add to your existing programs. Move forward with information on the most recent funding sources, the latest technological tools available, principles for engaging the youth of your tribe, mentor/apprentice programs and best practices for addressing challenges in the field of language preservation.
Specifically on these topics:Instilling Language Ownership in Today’s Youth

While it’s clear to most adult tribal members that language preservation is very important in maintaining and protecting American Indian cultures, younger learners of heritage languages may not feel this same sense of urgency. How can tribes instill a sense of responsibility in young language learners without overwhelming them?

New Technologies in Language Preservation in the Digital Age

It’s important to take advantage of the latest technological tools that can help with the project of language preservation. Podcasts, wikis and computer programs can facilitate language learning in exciting new ways and reach a broader audience.
As usual, reports and pictures to follow. For more on the subject, see my Pictographs blog.


Rob said...

A comment received via e-mail:

Wonderful! This is truly critically important work!


Firehair said...

Rob, The photography is top notch, you had to have been born with that good an eye. The commentary on the language summit was true and informative, as your comments and essays usully are. Thank you for sharing.