AICLS Updates


Announcing our next California Indian Spoken Word Event, September 22, 2021, register to attend

Announcing our first ever Breath of Life 2021 Symposium

A series of online presentations on language revitalization topics. Presenters will be announced each month on our Facebook and e-mail newsletter.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE SEPTEMBER 16 SESSION:

PREVIOUS SYMPOSIUM SESSIONS:

August 26, Raymond Huaute (recording not available)

Ray Huaute, Breath of Life 2021 Symposium Presenter

Ray Huaute is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Linguistics Department at UC San Diego. He also holds an MA in Native American Linguistics at the University of Arizona and a BA in Native American Studies from UC Riverside. His main research interests include, language documentation and description, as well as community-based linguistics and language reclamation. He is currently working on a documentation project entitled “Expanding the Documentation and Description of Cahuilla,” which is being funded by a grant from the Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP). Cahuilla is an under-documented Uto-Aztecan language of Southern California, which is spoken in Northern San Diego County, as well as most of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Ray has been working on the transcription of archival materials, including the fieldnotes of John Peabody Harrington on Cahuilla and other related Takic languages. His work on comparative linguistics has also led to a partnership with the Fernandeño-Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, who he has consulted with on matters of language revitalization and the reconstruction of the Fernandeño language. Ray is interested in reframing the linguist-community dynamic to focus more heavily on community-centered and led linguistic research and language reclamation efforts.

August 12, Yurok Language Program, recording available on AICLS YouTube

Victoria Carlson, Breath of Life 2021 Symposium Presenter

Victoria was raised with grandparents who were both first-language, fluent Yurok speakers. She worked with Yurok first-language speakers before they made their long journeys and believes it is part of her responsibility to carry on and teach those who would like to incorporate Yurok language as a part of their life. Victoria has experience teaching Yurok language in the classrooms of the Yurok Tribe Head Start Program, grade levels K-12, and after-school programs. In addition, she has provided Yurok language classes for the youth, community, and elders. Currently,  Victoria Carlson is the Yurok Language Program Coordinator for the Yurok Tribe Language Program. She works with her language team to continue to increase the number of Yurok language teachers through the Kee Laay-o-lue-mehl (They Will Teach) Yurok Language Teacher Training Program, to maintain Yurok courses in the schools (K-12), and ensure Yurok in spoken in the homes, community, workplace, and Tribal gatherings.

-Victoria Carlson, Yurok Language Program Coordinator

James Gensaw, Sr., Breath of Life 2021 Presenter

Aiy-ye-kweee’ Nek ‘new James Gensaw Sr. I am a Yurok language teacher at Eureka High School and a Language Specialist IV for the Yurok Tribe. The Yurok language is not just a job, but a way of life for me and my family. In 2006 I started to work for the Yurok Tribe’s Language Program. Some of my duties included 600 plus hours of documentation of first language speakers, digitizing audio and video, editing raw materials for public access, archiving language materials, and teaching the Yurok language and culture. I have ten plus years of experience digitizing, editing, and archiving language resources. I’ve digitized audio cassettes, vhs’s, mini dv’s, dvd’s, and mini cassettes. I also have 12 years of experience as a high school language teacher. In addition, I was given the opportunity to work first-hand with many of our Native language speakers. I teach at Eureka High School which is the largest school in the State of California that offers a Native Indigenous Language and I recently began teaching Yurok Language at McKinleyville High School.

Announcing our next California Indian Spoken Word Event, September 22, 2021, register to attend

Announcing our next California Indian Spoken Word Event, September 22, 2021, register to attend



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