ERIC Number: EJ933163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Visibility, Healing and Resistance: Voices from the 2005 Dena'ina Language Institute
Bell, Lindsay; Marlow, Patrick E.
Journal of American Indian Education, v48 n1 p1-18 2009
This paper explores the complexities of institutional involvement in Native language programming by looking at a program in Kenai, Alaska. The work contrasts learner goals with stated grant goals in order to investigate the tensions between institutional (university, funding agency) and individual learner goals in a language revitalization effort. Analysis of 19 semistructured in-depth interviews with adult Dena'ina learners revealed that goals of attendees clustered into four categories: fluency, literacy, cultural knowledge, and community building. These four stated goals connected to overarching themes of visibility, healing and resistance. The subsequent discussion highlights the importance of examining the challenges and compromises that come with the inclusion of institutional funding structures in Indigenous language movements. To conclude we raise questions around the larger political-economic conditions in which revitalization movements are situated and possible constraints imposed by the dominant discourses that legitimize them.
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, American Indian Languages, Interviews, Objectives, Adult Students, Financial Support, College Role, Barriers, Conflict, Cultural Maintenance, Alaska Natives, Native Language Instruction
Center for Indian Education. Arizona State University, College of Education, P.O. Box 871311, Tempe, AZ 95287-1311. Tel: 480-965-6292; Web site: http://jaie.asu.edu/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska