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Oct. 25: Film, Panel Discussion on Saving Indigenous Languages

Event is in Ostrander Auditorium.

2018-10-26
Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Arts and Humanities Announcement

Saving Indigenous languages will be the focus of a film screening and panel discussion 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, in Ostrander Auditorium on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus.

The evening will begin with a screening of the powerful documentary “Keep Talking.” The film follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language now spoken by fewer than 40 remaining fluent Native American elders.

The film’s director and producer, Karen Lynn Weinberg, will attend the screening and participate in the panel discussion to follow. Weinberg’s previous editing credits include “Spilled Water,” “One Night Stand,” and “Certainty.”

Panel members include local experts and educators in language education and preservation:

  • Gwen Westerman is a professor in English and director of the Humanities Program. Her current work includes translating Dakota letters from 1838-1878, a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate.
  • Glenn Wasicuna has been teaching Dakota language for 19 years, including the two-course Dakota sequence offered by Minnesota State Mankato. A member of the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation in Manitoba, he has developed language curricula for all four Dakota communities in Minnesota, and served as a language and cultural advisor for the Dakota communities across Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.
  • Chelsea Mead is an associate professor of American Indigenous Studies and Anthropology. She spearheaded the addition of the Ojibwe language to the Minnesota State Mankato curriculum. Her current work includes a regional history of Indigenous language programs at colleges and universities in the Midwest.

The screening and panel are hosted by the Mass Media Department at Minnesota State Mankato.

They are funded in part by the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment.

The event is free and open to all.

For more information, contact Heather McIntosh at 507-389-5522 or heather.mcintosh@mnsu.edu.

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