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(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
February 1, 2011 - Volume 9 Number 2
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Siberian Yupik
"We Welcome You!"

Sugar Maples Trees in Autumn

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"A Warrior is challenged to assume responsibility, practice humility, and display the power of giving, and then center his or her life around a core of spirituality. I challenge today's youth to live like a warrior."
~Billy Mills~
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We Salute
Brady Tanner

Cherokee Citizen Powers Through His Limitations

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Our Featured Artist: Honoring Students
Lakota Get Classical in Unique Musical Mash-Up

It's not unusual to find musicians from different genres - or from different cultures - collaborating. Opera star Luciano Pavarotti belted out the blues with Eric Clapton and South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo recorded an album with folk legend Paul Simon.

Another more recent musical mash-up has a traditional Native American drum group performing with a classical symphony orchestra.

Students Help Alzheimer Patients

The N’Amerind Friendship Centre, a First Nations Canadian organization that serves aboriginal communities in London, Ontario, is partnering with the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex, in order to preserve precious memories of the past and foster the Native storytelling tradition, the London Free Press reported. The Center is joining the Generation Link — a program that matches high school students with seniors suffering from early Alzheimer’s disease.

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Our Featured Story: Northwestern Wisconsin First Person History:
District Offers First Navajo Immersion Program

The 19 students who every day wander into room E-1 at Eva B. Stokely Elementary School enter a different world.

Here, the kindergartners are expected to listen to, speak and write Navajo for the full school day.

History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan
Chapter Four
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Preserving Language Education News
Aboriginal Apps Give Old Languages Modern Edge

Some of British Columbia's ancient languages are getting an ultra-modern boost in the hopes that cool technology will appeal to young aboriginal people.

New language apps for Apple's iPod, iPad and iPhone devices have been developed for two native languages in the province: Sencoten, spoken on southern Vancouver Island; and Halq'emeylem, spoken in the Fraser Valley

Choctaw Language Classes Popular


Students Jena Thomason, Rachel Pearson and Katie Schlinker answered almost every vocabulary question aloud in Choctaw as their Durant, Okla., teacher asked questions by a video link Wednesday.

Before class and during review sessions, they and seven other Arkoma 10th- through 12th-grade students in the morning Choctaw Language class consulted one another and their workbooks regarding their lesson on kinship terms.

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Education News Preserving Language

Director of American Indian Outreach at KU Collects Top Award, Meets President Obama

After working for years as a psychology professor, Marigold Linton said she wanted to move into a field where she could reach more people.

So she became interested in helping to pave the way for American Indians and other minorities to enter careers in the sciences.

She was recognized for her efforts last week with a presidential award for mentoring.

Preserving Mechoopda Tradition

When Kyle McHenry stood in front of the elders of his Mechoopda Maidu tribe and played for them a program he'd created of their native language this summer, tears came to their eyes.

"There are no native speakers," he said. "It was worth all the work that I did just to see the look on their faces. They haven't heard it since they were kids."

One of the elders he spoke to was his grandmother, Delores McHenry.

"My grandfather was fluent in the language," Delores explained. "But he could not pass it on to my dad because Bidwell wasn't letting them speak the language."

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Preserving Language Honoring Students
New online resources offer Ojibwe, English Translations

Shared Vision member Michael Meuers is “absolutely psyched” about what was unveiled Monday.

Ojibwe translations for nearly 100 English phrases common to Northern Minnesota are now available online and on campus at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College.

The multimedia materials, which include paper form and audio clips, are part of a collaborative effort between Shared Vision and BSU. Shared Vision is an organization dedicated to improving relations between American Indians and non-Indians in the community.

Ballet Merges with Yup'ik Dance to Give 'Swan Lake' an Alaska Twist

At the apex of dance stands -- en pointe -- "Swan Lake." "Nutcracker" may have more familiar music and "Don Quixote" the more spectacular leaps. But when most people think of ballet, lithe (and astonishingly athletic) female bodies gracefully imitating great white birds are what come to mind. It is the classic to which all others in the genre must be compared.

A new "Alaska" version of "Swan Lake" will debut Friday and Saturday in the Discovery Theatre.

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About This Issue's Greeting - "Quyakamsi"
Siberian Yupik is spoken in the two St. Lawrence Island villages of Gambell and Savoonga. The language of St. Lawrence Island is nearly identical to the language spoken across the Bering Strait on the tip of the Siberian Chukchi Peninsula. The total Siberian Yupik population in Alaska is about 1,100, and of that number about 1,050 speak the language. Children in both Gambell and Savoonga still learn Siberian Yupik as the first language of the home. Of a population of about 900 Siberian Yupik people in Siberia, there are about 300 speakers, although no children learn it as their first language. Although much linguistic and pedagogical work had been published in Cyrillic on the Siberian side, very little was written for St. Lawrence Island until the 1960s when linguists devised a modern orthography. Researchers at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks revised that orthography in 1971, and since then a wide variety of curriculum materials, including a preliminary dictionary and a practical grammar, have become available for the schools.
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