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Mon Mar 22 2004

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  1. g.bronitsky, Native Nations, Native Voices

Message 1: Native Nations, Native Voices

Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 09:35:27 -0500 (EST)
From: g.bronitsky <>
Subject: Native Nations, Native Voices

Native Nations, Native Voices 

Date: 20-Jul-2005 - 29-Jul-2005
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America
Contact: Gordon Bronitsky
Contact Email: 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 

Meeting Description:

	I am working with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center of
Albuquerque New Mexico to create Native Nations, Native Voices--a
festival to honor contemporary Native language writers. To honor
Native language authors, Native language writers have been invited to
participate in a three-day festival. Writers will read from their
works in their own languages; National language translations will be
made available to the audience at the option of each writer. A
special effort has been made to include and honor high school and
college authors in Native languages, for they are the future of
languages. Selected writers represent as broad a range of languages
and styles as possible. The festival is scheduled for July 2005.

	Over 500 Native Nations, each with its own language and
culture. These are the Nations which were encountered by the first
Europeans to enter North America. Yet now Native languages are under
threat everywhere, due to Euro-American educational policies, disease,
and the virtual omnipresence of English language television. Some
languages are extinct--from Guale to Esalen, from Eyak to Timucuan.
Others are only spoken by a handful of elderly individuals.

	Yet throughout Native America, a small but growing body of
writers are giving new voice to Native languages, using their own
languages to write about and confront the world they live in, the
world of the Twenty First Century. Often unknown outside their own
communities, such writers have much to say to all of us.

	Right now, participants include

1. Greenland--Jokum Nielsen (Kalaallisut [Greenlandic])

2. Canada--Floyd Favel (Cree), Peter Irniq (Inuktitut)

3. United States--Jim Northrup (Anishnaabe [Chippewa/Ojibwe]), Eveline
Battiest Steele (Choctaw), Nia Francisco and Nora Yazzie (Navajo),
Dominik Tsosie (outstanding high school writer--Navajo), Virgil
Reeder. (Kawaikagamedzene [Laguna Pueblo]), Frances Washburn (Lakota)

4. Hawai?i--Kainani Kahaunaele, Larry Kimura (Hawai?ian)

5. Saipan--Frances Sablan (Chamorro)

6. Guam--Peter Onedera (Chamorro)

7. Mexico--Jesus Salinas Pedraza (Nyahnyu [Otomi]), Diego M�ndez
Guzm�n (Tzeltal Maya), Ruperta Bautista Vazquez (Tzotzil Maya), Jun
Tiburcio (Totonac)

8. Peru--Martin Castillo (Quechua), Felix Julca (Quechua)

9. Brazil--Nanbl� Grakan (Xokleng)

	Might this be of interest? Naturally I would be happy to
provide more information or answer any questions you might have.
	Thank you. 


				Gordon Bronitsky, PhD
				Bronitsky and Associates
				3715 La Hacienda Dr NE
				Albuquerque, NM 87110


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