ERIC Number: ED415077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
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The Echota Cherokee Language: Current Use and Opinions about Revival.
The Echota trace their roots to the Chickamauga Cherokee of North Alabama. Today the Echota number 22,000 with a tribal council that administers tribal lands, supports a dance team, publishes a newsletter, and supervises an Indian education program. One of the tribe's objectives is to revitalize the Cherokee language. Working with Auburn University (Alabama), the council seeks to establish a database on tribal language resources and attitudes. The ultimate goal is to offer instruction in the Cherokee language through the Alabama public school system. This paper discusses the survey design and implications of the data gathered by a pretest for the future of the Echota language project. Since survey returns are incomplete, findings are only from the pretest. The pretest was returned from 21 individuals chosen by clan chiefs. Ages of pretest participants ranged from 15 to 69; 62 percent were male. Results of the pretest indicate that the survey instrument adequately measures the status of Cherokee language use among tribal members, assesses the linguistic attitudinal climate, and estimates the extent of support and participation that the proposed project will receive. The pretest also indicates that there is some degree of Cherokee language knowledge within the Echota population, and that the Echota envision both social and personal rewards from the reacquisition of the Cherokee language. An appendix contains the survey questionnaire. (SAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Language Shift
Note: In: Teaching Indigenous Language; see RC 021 328.