On saving traditional languages: Young activists are tackling the disappearance of traditional Aboriginal languages using a unique learning method
May 27, 2010
“If our language dies, then our identity as a nation does,” according to Squamish Nation member Dustin Rivers. Dustin recently told the Vancouver Straight that land, culture, and rights don’t have meaning in the absence of traditional language. The 20-year-old activist, artist, and writer is part of a group behind the Save Your Language Conference, to be held June 5 and 6, 2010, in Vancouver. Participants at the conference will learn the “Where Are Your Keys?” system, developed by Evan Gardner. The WAYK game system is a comprehensive method for revitalizing endangered languages and skills.
We spoke with Willem Larsen of Where Are Your Keys?, from Portland, and with Dustin Rivers, from Vancouver.