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Squamish language is a very endangered indigenous language, native to Vancouver, B.C., with about only 10 fluent speakers left, all over the age of 65.
“Where Are Your Keys?” is a community language revitalization method, that uses a viral, collaborative game for high-speed language learning. Sign language is used as a bridge language, taking “total physical response” as far as possible.
In this video, Dustin, a WAYK Squamish language Instructor, teaches Justin, a WAYK Chinuk Wawa instructor, to play in Squamish language over skype. “What is that?” is the first bookend in this WAYK game. Next comes, “Is that a…?”.
Dustin holds a weekly Squamish language night using the “Where Are Your Keys?” community language revitalization method.