This summer, up to 40 participants and 20 mentors will be taking part in the Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages, hosted in Washington, DC. The Institute, a two-week workshop, is geared toward Native American heritage language learners, teachers, and activists. In addition to teaching participants how to find and use archival materials in their own languages, organizers hope to build networks between members of various heritage language communities, and to foster relationships between experts in linguistics and language preservation activists.
Workshops and lectures will take place at at the National Museum of the American Indian, and participants will learn how to locate language documents on site at the National Anthropological Archives and Library of Congress.
Participants will stay in dormitories at George Washington University, will be provided breakfast and lunch, and will have transportation costs fully or partially covered. Registration for mentors is free, while participants will be charged a $500 registration fee. Scholarships are available.
If you are interested in attending as a participant or as a mentor, the Documenting Endangered Languages program is accepting registration until March 1, 2011. Registration forms are available here.