Language is Life 2017

Language is Life Gathering
October 6-8, 2017
photos by Scott Braley -
The 13th Biennial Language is Life Gathering will be held in Wonder Valley Ranch and Resort in Sanger CA on October 6-8, 2017
A statewide gathering and learning experience for those working to restore California Indigenous Languages

The Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival are convening their 13th biennial Language is Life Gathering, October 6-8, 2017 at Wonder Valley Ranch in Sanger, Ca.  We welcome language workers from around the state to join us for an inspiring experience in the beautiful foothills of Kings Canyon in this statewide gathering and learning experience for those working to restore California Indigenous languages.

This year’s theme is “Healthy Languages – Healthy Families” and highlights family language revitalization, what works and how to sustain it. Daryl Baldwin of the Myaamia Nation, recent recipient of the MacArthur Genius award, and his daughter and grandchild are our keynote speakers, with a focus on the intergenerational transmission of their indigenous language.  We’ll also have numerous presentations from various family groups that have made language at home work for them.

The venue can accommodate 300 participants and there are a variety of housing options starting from triple/quadruple rooms to the dormitory. If you have need for a less communal rooming situation, please explain in your registration form and let us know the number of people you are rooming with and we’ll do the best we can to accommodate you.

As always we have a scholarship application and there will also be vendors and the usual terrific silent auction and raffle. We look forward to another exciting and re-energizing gathering of California’s language heroes.

Language is Life Update:

This year, we are partnering with the Nuumu Yadoha Language Program, an extension of the Owens Valley Career Development Center (OVCDC) as we work together to coordinate the Language is Life Gathering 2017. Our purposes, to revitalize and sustain California Indian languages, align with each other and what better way to show each other support than to work together as a team? The Nuumu Yadoha Language Program serves 6 California counties, and works towards preservation and revitalization of the Indigenous language to those counties.

The Program is assisting us with registration, staffing and technical needs, while we are working diligently behind the scenes with the venue and program planning. We are sure that, with this partnership, the Language is Life Gathering 2017 is sure to be a well-coordinated success!

We have entered a partnership that will help both of our organizations to reach our goals, whether through partnership, cultural awareness, or outreach, the ultimate goal is the same, families learning language together.

We would like to give a big Thank You to the Nuumu Yadoha Language Program!!