Native Nations, Native Voices

Gordon Bronitsky g.bronitsky at
Thu Mar 16 11:48:18 UTC 2006

	I am working  to create Native Nations, Native Voices--a festival to 
honor contemporary Native language writers. To honor Native language 
authors,  Native language writers have been invited to participate in a 
week-long festival.  Writers will read from their works in their own 
languages;  National language translations will be made available to 
the audience at the option of each writer.  A special effort has been 
made to include and honor high school and college authors in Native 
languages, for they are the future of languages.  Selected writers 
represent as broad a range of languages and styles as possible.
	Over 500 Native Nations, each with its own language and culture. These 
are the Nations which were encountered by the first Europeans to enter 
North America.  Yet now Native languages are under threat everywhere, 
due to Euro-American educational policies, disease, and the virtual 
omnipresence of English language television.  Some languages are 
extinct--from Guale to Esalen, from Eyak to Timucuan.  Others are only 
spoken by a handful of elderly individuals.
	Yet throughout Native America and beyond, a small but growing body of 
writers are giving new voice to Native languages, using their own 
languages to write about and confront the world they live in, the world 
of the Twenty First Century.  Often unknown outside their own 
communities, such writers have much to say to all of us.
	Right now, participants include
1. Canada--Floyd Favel (Cree), Peter Irniq (Inuktitut)
2. United States--David Velarde (Jicarilla Apache), Nia Francisco, 
Lorraine Nakai and Nora Yazzie (Navajo),  Dominik Tsosie (outstanding 
high school writer--Navajo), Virgil Reeder. (Kawaikagamedzene [Laguna 
Pueblo]),   Frances Washburn (Lakota)
4. Hawai¹i--Kainani Kahaunaele, Larry Kimura (Hawai¹ian)
5. Saipan--Frances Sablan (Chamorro)
6.  Guam--Peter Onedera (Chamorro)
7. Mexico--Jesus Salinas Pedraza (Nyahnyu [Otomi]), Diego Méndez Guzmán 
(Tzeltal Maya), Ruperta Bautista Vazquez (Tzotzil Maya),  Jun Tiburcio 
8.  Peru--Martin Castillo (Quechua), Felix Julca (Quechua)
9.  Brazil--Nanblá Grakan (Xokleng)
	Might this be of interest?  Naturally I would be happy to provide more 
information or answer any questions you might have.
	Thank you.


				Gordon Bronitsky, PhD
				Bronitsky and Associates
				3715 La Hacienda Dr NE
				Albuquerque, NM  87110

				e-mail g.bronitsky at

On Mar 16, 2006, at 4:42 AM, mostari hind wrote:

> hi,
> >   there will be an intenatinal colloquim in Sidi bel
> > abbes ( Algeria ) , dept of transaltion , on the
> > different approaches on transalation and
> > interpreting , those interested in participating or
> > attending will be taken in charge except for the
> > plane ticket and they will receive finnacial rewards
> > and attend a  special ceremony on their honnor,
> > those intersed will receive the call for papers as
> > son as possible .the candidate should be a doctor .
> >   best regards
> >   waiting  for your answer
> >   Mostari
> >   Algeria
> >
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