ERIC Number: ED462233
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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The Preservation and Use of Our Languages: Respecting the Natural Order of the Creator.
Kirkness, Verna J.
As a world community, Indigenous peoples are faced with many common challenges in their attempts to maintain the vitality of their respective languages and to honor the "natural order of the Creator." Ten strategies are discussed that are critical to the task of renewing and maintaining Indigenous languages. These strategies are: (1) banking Indigenous languages by immediately recording elders and other fluent speakers on audiotape, videotape, or CD-ROM; (2) raising the consciousness of Aboriginal peoples about the history of their oppression and the importance of language to culture, world view, identity, and spirituality; (3) mobilizing human resources and raising money; (4) developing a full spectrum of language training and certification for language teachers, linguists, and others; (5) developing a comprehensive and appropriate curriculum to recreate the intergenerational transmission process in school and community programs; (6) engaging in meaningful research about effective models of language renewal and the nature of language learning; (7) informing national public opinion to create empathy and support; (8) eliminating artificial geographic boundaries and focusing on language families; (9) advocating for Aboriginal language legislation; and (10) working together on family, community, and national levels. (Contains 12 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, Community Action, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Indigenous Populations, Informal Education, Language Maintenance, Nonformal Education, Research Needs
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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