Northwest Indian Language Institute Bi-Annual Newsletter Fall/Winter 2011
this issue Summer Institute 2012 P.1 Reclaiming Lushootseed Domains P.2 Language in the Home: Card Games P.2 Summer Institute 2011 Recap P.4 Hawaiian Language Revitalization Model P.5 NILI Collaborates with Tribes P.6 Thank you, NILI Donors! P.10 Upcoming Events P. 11
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Summer Institute 2012 “Reclaiming Daily Conversations” The 15th Annual NILI Summer Institute will be held Monday, July 9, 2012 to
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Friday, July 20, 2012 at the University of Oregon campus. This year we are offering a third week for people who wish to have a more “hands-on” experience with materials and curriculum making. The third week will begin July 23, 2012 and end July 27, 2012. “Reclaiming Daily Conversations” is the theme for the 2012 Summer Institute. Our thought behind this theme is to teach participants strategies on how to reclaim daily conversations from English. For example, instead of greeting someone in English with “Hi,” one could say, “He’ba’lo’,” which is a Wiyot greeting. You could then ask after a person’s family by saying “ʔəsx̌id š(ə) adsyayayəʔ” in Lushootseed or tell someone that it’s cold, “dret khul alta” in Chinuk Wawa. This may seem a small thing, but when we begin to use our ancestral languages in daily life, it becomes easier to make room in other areas of our lives for our languages. Other NILI courses will cover a range of topics including: Northwest Native languages, linguistics, teaching materials and technology development, and teaching methods. Page 1