9 Aug 2016

Heritage University Hosts 4th Annual Sahaptin (Ichishkíin) Teachers Gathering

Heritage University Hosts 4th Annual Sahaptin (Ichishkíin) Teachers Gathering

Author: David Mance  /  Categories: Campus, Education  / 

Heritage University was once again the host for the annual Sahaptin (Ichishkíin) Teachers Gathering, now in its fourth year. The goal of the event is to bring together those who currently teach Ichishkíin (also known as Sahaptin) to discuss teaching strategies and learn about language revitalization efforts across the Northwest. Ichishkíin is considered an endangered language, at risk of falling out of use as its speakers pass away or shift to speaking another language.

Teachers from the Yakama Nation, the Conferederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon, the University of Oregon and Heritage University gave presentations on their preservation efforts. The group was honored to have Virginia Beavert, Ph.D., Linguistics, attend the gathering. Dr. Beavert is currently coauthoring her third Sahaptin dictionary.

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