This course surveys Indigenous languages of North America and the communities that speak them, focusing on a representative sample for closer study. The role of language in maintaining cultural identity is examined and prospects for the future of Indigenous languages are assessed.
***Attention Enrolled Students: Please download the order form for one of the required texts for this course, “American Indian Language Development Institute: Thirty Year Tradition of Speaking from Our Heart”. If you have any questions, please contact me.
LLED 480A: Multimedia Technology and Indigenous Language Revitalization
Utilizing technology allows for the preservation of Indigenous languages, materials to be developed and disseminated, expands the domains in which the language is used, and provides relevance, significance and purpose. Students will learn and be exposed to various types of low-, mid- and high- technology initiatives that have been used to document, revitalize, promote and maintain their language. The course is designed to offer “hands-on” experience that will contribute to a project-based outcome.
Open to all who want to understand and experience how technology can support language learning, language teaching and Indigenous language revitalization efforts. Basic computer skills are required.
LLED 565D: Living Our Indigenous Languages Through Performative Arts
Indigenous peoples throughout their lifetime often reside in many geographical areas that are not their traditional homeland or territory, due to many reasons. However, in such a globalized world, the application of multimedia technology provides for immediate access and connection to linguistic and cultural knowledge. This class demonstrates how song and dance are used to perpetuate one’s language and culture, based on my experience with learning and teaching hula (Hawaiian dance) in Hawaiʻi, Oregon, Arizona, and now in Vancouver, BC. Hula is a constant reminder of the many facets of language and culture that are deeply embedded in the mele (song), steps and motions that are often overlooked and under utilized as a form of education. Open to all who want to understand and experience how performative arts supports language learning, language teaching and Indigenous language revitalization efforts. No dance experience required.
Hōʻike Performance – July 20, 2012, 3-4pm at the Museum of Anthropology Great Hall