Sponsored by Yale’s Native American Language Project, and moderated by Professor Claire Bowern (Linguistics), this panel discussion hosts language instructors currently working with Yale students in Cherokee, Choctaw, Mohawk and Salish. The panelists will discuss their background and experience in the preservation and promotion of their language, as well as the larger social, cultural and institutional challenges of preserving Native American languages generally. The panel will also investigate how academic institutions can best work with instructors and communities in preserving and promoting languages.
Joshua Brown, Salish and Aaniiih/Nakoda Nations (Montana)
Nicholas Tecumseh Charleston, Chahta Nation (Oklahoma)
Tekahonwen:sere (Melvin) Diabo, Kahnawake Mohawk Nation (Quebec)
Bobbie Gail Smith, Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma)
Moderator: Professor Claire Bowern (Department of Linguistics, Yale University)