WAYK Squamish language: “What’s that?”

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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.


5 thoughts on “WAYK Squamish language: “What’s that?”

  1. I wish there was a way to get to just this set of videos. Maybe if you categorized these posts together, or made a link from each one to the one before and after, or made a list somewhere.

  2. Yes, Willem, I would use that. You have my address, I believe.

    I’d rather download over the internet, since the first thing I’d do with the DVD is copy it to my computer. But I’m guessing you don’t have the resources to serve up huge files to everyone. Torrent is very good for that, but takes a bit of know-how and fiddling to get it working. I’m investigating a Seed Box; maybe WAYK should have one; I’ll let you know what I find.

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