MHA Strategic Planning Meeting, Jan. 2–4

D.J. Driver Jr. shown here working on Hidatsa audio recordings in the TLC sound studio.

D.J. Driver Jr. shown here working on Hidatsa audio recordings in the TLC sound studio.

All Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara speakers are invited to attend a three-day session in New Town focusing on a review of Level 1-3 textbooks and materials and strategic planning for future materials, language learning directions and the June 12-20 MHA Summer Institute.

Speakers attending the session will receive an attendance stipend; for more information contact TLC events coordinator at 812-961-6360 or events@languageconservancy.org. Your input and involvement is important to the future of MHA language learning programs so

please join us during these three days at Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College in New Town.

This will also be one of the first opportunities for the community, from teachers to speakers, to review, discuss and develop teaching methods for the new Level 3 Hidatsa textbook, and to get a look at the first three issues in a new series of Hidatsa language children’s picture books: Arumaaréeshi Nagíradaʔ (Do You Like To Dance?), Madasháagahge (My Little Frog), and, Íixoka Imaxixi Ggíigaac (The Fox Who Saw His Own Shadow).

Sponsored by NHS College, the MHA Language Project, MHA Dept. of Education and The Language Conservancy, the MHA Review and Strategic Planning Session will include participation from Wil Meya, staff linguist Edwin Ko and publications specialist Bob Rugh. In photo at right, Hidatsa speaker D. J. Driver at work making language recordings in the TLC sound studio.

The sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, contact Bernadine Young Bird at byoung@nhsc.edu, or call 701-627-4738, ext. 291, or 701-421-1696.