[lg policy] Indigenous Language Institute : Native Language News

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 29 15:11:09 UTC 2010

Forwarded From: Indigenous Language Institute <ili at ilinative.org>
Date: Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 9:57 AM

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         *Community News:*
*Digital Storytelling in Santa Ana Keres*

     The Tamayame Language & Culture Programs of the Pueblo of Santa Ana
applied for a grant to develop more language lessons using new technology
tools. In the continuing development of language materials, the Language &
Culture program has involved youth in the revitalization of the Tamayame

 Twenty-seven middle school and high school students are currently attending
the Tamayame Language & Culture class at Bernalillo Middle and High School.
With free software programs and new technology skills they learned at ILI’s
Digital Storytelling workshop, the Pueblo of Santa Ana students are
producing digital stories on topics such as Past/Present Rez life, The
Journey of a Tamayame Boy, The Tamayame before Tamaya, Life after Boarding
Schools, Struggles of Native American Kids, Agriculture in Tamayame, and
Tamayame Culture. The students are incorporating the Tamayame Keres language
by writing a script in English then with the help of Elder language
consultants, the English is then translated into Keres.

     The Tamayame Language & Culture staff will host a Digital Storytelling
Film Festival for the students’ parents and community members of the Pueblo
of Santa Ana. The students will submit the digital stories to the National
Geographic All Roads Film Project in March 2010. The finished digital
stories will also be added to the Tamayame Language & Culture Programs
library so that it can be handed down to future generations.

         Deidre Otero, materials specialist, says, “The students enjoyed the
digital storytelling method because it allowed them to research their own
identity. The projects brought self-pride and motivated them to learn their
language and culture. The students’ attendance at school has improved and
they are having fun learning the language. This opportunity has allowed the
elders to work with the younger generation. I believe the elders feel good
about their contributions to teaching the language.”

 Story submitted by: Deidre Otero (Santa Ana Pueblo)
 Written by: Rachael Nez (ILI)
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