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. Single to quadruple cabins and rooms are extremely limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and at a higher cost as they are at a premium.  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.