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Return of the Wapato: The Power of Tribal Voice

Return of the Wapato: The Power of Tribal Voice

How do Native Languages include a database of knowledge in one word? The oral history and legends are powerful records to learn and share. The easiest example is to think of a name. This name connects to what you know about the person, but it certainly builds over time. In the process of speaking and teaching Native languages, it is important to pause and acknowledge the database that exists within one word.   For the people who grew up hearing and speaking the language, this is inherent knowledge. For people speaking or teaching one or two words at a time, on the pathway...


The Warrior Tradition with Wiu'xun

The Warrior Tradition with Wiu'xun

  What does it mean to be a warrior and what traditions are carried on? For this question, I asked for my dad's help. I grew up hearing him and our family talk about history. Yet, there was something in his background he did not share until later.    One day after elementary school, I came home and told my dad all the things I learned about the Vietnam War. I talked non-stop for 10 minutes.  My dad simply replied, "I know, I was there."  He took his time, but he began to tell us more of his time there....


Tradition: Once Upon a Time on Native Land

Tradition: Once Upon a Time on Native Land

  This is the story we need to tell Natives live in a vast amount of land, now called America. The Yakama people view their world then and today as "Ichi tiichum iwa nimi" (this land is a part of us). This phrase is a Yakama compass. People are not perfect and sometimes we make mistakes. This phrase and the religion, songs, and ceremonies orientate us. We must remember our promise to speak for the resources that cannot speak for themselves. It is a reminder that by caring for the resources, then eating them, they become a part of us,...


3 Tips for Native Language with Kids

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3 Tips for Native Language with Kids

  Increase Native language in our daily lives with these ways of learning and teaching. Shiyax Mytski! (Good Morning) Greetings are a common phrase that may be used with children. In our communities, kids offer such a refreshing way to view and describe the world. Long before, I had three little munchkins, I was an auntie. When I would have those few minutes with them, I would want to describe the world around them in the language that has been spoken on this land since time immemorial. Our Native language resources may be limited. Our time and ability to teach...


101: Language & History Participation

101: Language & History Participation

There is plenty of language, history to talk about between Natives and non-Natives. Luckily, we've saved a seat for you to join this journey of inspiring yourself and community. Speaking of Speakers: Have you ever listened to a speaker and kind of zoned out? In the Yakama language, we call this "cháw mīshu" (it means no ears). Maybe your mind slipped to your grocery list or you daydreamed about the next travel adventure you would take. Then, all of a sudden, your ears hear a slight octave change in the speaker and then people start moving. Oh no, we have...