AICLS Updates

Winter California Indian Spoken Word

On December 21, 2020, the first day of winter, the Advocates will host our winter edition of California Indian Spoken Word! Hosted by Vincent Medina, we invite California Indian communities to come share your languages in a performance of song, poetry, stories, and more. Submit a pre-recorded video or join us live for this open mic event.

Scan the code on the posting, or Register through Zoom

This Giving Tuesday, we are asking you to make a donation to the Advocates as we work with Native communities to help them create new speakers through our programming. Although the pandemic has caused us to discontinue in-person workshops, meetings, and events, we are still continuing to work with our Master Apprentice teams, and having online session with them to stay connected and stay motivated. We are still awarding Seeds of Language to community members working on language projects, and just recently were able to award families with technology support to help them stay connected with their speakers. We are still making plans for 2021 programming, including Breath of Life Institute and new youth programming in store. Your donation will help us to continue all of our programs and every little bit helps and is most appreciated!

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From the Executive Director

June 2020

We at AICLS have decided to postpone all in-person gatherings for at least the remainder of the 2020 year. Our events and activities will be moved to online platforms and we are planning to host special presentations available through Zoom, Facebook and YouTube.

We hope you will engage with us there. This move was essential to keeping our elders and communities safe. Stay up to date through our newsletter, facebook and website as we announce and communicate our plans. Thank you for your continued support, your patience and understanding as we navigate the changing times with you. 

Carly Tex, <>


How COVID-19 Is Impacting Breath of Life 2020

First, the Breath of Life Institute 2020 scheduled for May 31 – June 6, 2020 at U.C. Berkeley is now designed as series of online video and interactive presentations. The AICLS board of directors discussed postponing the gathering until a later date, feasibility of developing online tutorials and whether to schedule small group-visits to the UC Berkeley campus. Decisions by the university to remain open or closed will determine our course of actions. (As of this update, June 15, the campus will be closed.)

Thanks to all who have applied to participate in Breath of Life 2020 and for your continued support and interest. We will keep you informed with regular updates.

The next on-campus Breath of Life Institute is scheduled for 2021!
It’s time to make time to visit the linguistic and cultural archives at U.C. Berkeley.

Breath of Life is a response to Indigenous California communities and families who want to revive and strengthen their languages, particularly those for which there are no living speakers. By working with the linguistic field notes, other documents and recordings, participants in the Institute can learn how to understand and use these materials for the purposes of language revitalization.

University of California, Berkeley has several major archives which, collectively, house the largest collection in the world of unpublished material on Indigenous California languages. We give thanks to the foresight of those who shared their knowledge with the linguists and anthropologists, making sure that much was recorded for posterity. Your participation with this program gives to these archival materials the Breath of Life!

Registration for Breath of Life is currently closed.

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