Sounds of Native Language

The next time you are in a local spot that many community members frequent - stop and take a moment. Instead of hurrying to your next errand or appointment, take a mental note of the sights and sounds that surround you. What you see and hear today is vastly different from the generations before you that may have stopped in the same spot, on the same day, many years ago. The sounds and words that are heard today often times are not the words of the language that was used traditionally. It is important for the livelihood of Native languages that youth of tribal communities have exposure to such rich, cultural traditions.

So you have decided that you want to expose the youth at your Club to traditional, Native language. How are you going to take on such an important task and incorporate it into your programming? Luckily, there are resources and programs that are able to help! The Administration for Native Americans, for example, compiled a list of advice and valuable tips that were reported from a range of successful tribal language programs and Native nonprofits. A common piece of advice that was found was to include Elders in your Native language programs. This ensures that what is being passed along to the Club youth is historically accurate while giving Elders a chance to become involved with your Club. It also helps tribal members have a personal investment with the Club and the program which can promote a positive tribal relationship! Click here to read more about what it takes to implement a successful Native language program!

You are now equipped with a source that will help incorporate a language program into your Club. However, this isn’t the only resource available. Below is a compilation of articles, Websites, and active projects that want to help you keep passing down important tribal traditions to future generations.