2014 News

What a Year 2014 Was! – Part 2

Images from Rising Voices/ Hótȟaŋiŋpi (Florentine Films/Hott Productions/The Language Conservancy) What else was TLC busy with this year? DOCUMENTARY FILM This is the breakout project of the past 3 years: Rising Voices/ Hótȟaŋiŋpi — a documentary to tell the world why reviving a Native American language matters. Hótȟaŋiŋpi is a Lakota word me
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What a Year 2014 Was! – Part 1

Believe it or not, 2014’s end is in sight! With new many new Indigenous Language Support Programs started this year and a documentary film getting ready for national broadcast, this has been an important year for the Language Conservancy. TLC launched in 2005 and over the past 4 years our activities have powered up and multiplied with remarkable sp
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Maskoke Language Level 1 Textbook

A language with a fascinating history has joined the Language Conservancy’s list of partnering nations. Maskoke ʻPunvyvs! Speak Maskoke! is now available for purchase. It will become part of the language curriculum for nearly 50 students in the Pumvhakv School, a language-immersion school in the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. The Seminole Nation of O
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Our Excellent NCAI Adventure

The Language Conservancy was in Atlanta, GA this week, for the annual meeting of the National Congress of American Indians. We set up a full display in a choice corner of the Vendors Hall to spotlight our Language Program Support strategies. That’s our Board Member Kevin Locke staffing the booth, greeting visitors.  Kevin went on the World Wi
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History Heard in Plains Languages

A Lakota-Dakota-speaking Berenstain Bears cartoon is the kid magnet at the Innovation Gallery at the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The Gallery is one of four new galleries built in the Society’s recently expanded educational museum space. You can see that children hear the language on the telephone handsets while seeing the animated car
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Neologisms, Technology, Training for Cherokee

The Cherokee language is front and center in the news this season. Media A documentary film, First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee, will be released in November. It is a production of the North Carolina Language and Life Project, part of the Sociolinguistics program at North Carolina State University. Teacher Training Indian Country Today Media
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Language On Your Own: Self-Study Tips – Part 12

This is the final part of a 12-part series. It Does Matter Setting out to learn an Indigenous language makes you a language activist – even if you feel like you’re taking two steps backward for every three going ahead. Just making the effort, you are modeling the kind of strength that makes a difference in people’s lives all around you. You are a l
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Language On Your Own: Self-Study Tips – Part 11

This is Part 11 of a 12-part series. Seven Helpers, II There are three more traditional Native virtues on your language self-study team.   Perseverance This virtue is often called “discipline.” It doesn’t have to be brutal – just consistent and persistent. Think of water running downhill, in the middle of nowhere. Moving at a natural pace, it finds
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Language On Your Own: Self-Study Tips – Part 10

This is Part 10 of a 12-part series. Seven Helpers, I As we have said before, Self-Study means you make all the decisions to practice or not to practice; to learn or not to learn. When you are tired, or angry about something else in your life, blowing off the language review session might seem like it doesn’t matter.  That’s when you need to stop –
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