ERIC Number: ED482039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Honoring the Elders.
Yazzie, Evangeline Parsons; St. Clair, Robert N.
The co-directors of the 1998 Annual Symposium for Language Renewal and Revitalization describe how they came up with a focus and presenters for the symposium. They began by discussing their concern over the loss of indigenous languages and cultures, then decided to honor tribal elders by choosing one to represent them all as the symposium's keynote speaker. They selected a Yavapai man who was very articulate and brought with him a wealth of experience and wisdom. Another topic they discussed while planning the conference was the concept of highlighting a cultural group. They decided to recognize people from Hawaii at the conference and worked with the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages at the University of Hawaii to come up with speakers, dancers, and chanters. The program booklet emphasized Hawaiian culture and also included maps, famous quotations, and cultural information from other indigenous groups. (SM)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indians, Conferences, Cultural Awareness, Hawaiian, Hawaiians, Indigenous Populations, Language Maintenance, Uncommonly Taught Languages
For full text: http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~jar/NNL/.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff.