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Crow Language Weekend

This September, the Crow Language Consortium hosted the first-ever Crow Language Weekend. Over 25 students and Crow speakers came together virtually for an intensive two-day workshop for beginners. Basic Crow phrases, pronunciation, and much more were discussed in online classrooms with students joining from across the country. Follow the CLC Facebook page for upcoming events. 
 
Here's some of the feedback we heard from students:
"I really enjoyed the event! It was fun to practice things in breakout rooms, and I liked the pace of the lessons."
"Thank you to the instructors who did a great job!"

Moose Cree release event

On September 11, the Ininew Friendship Centre hosted a Drive-By BBQ event where they distributed free copies of the two new Moose Cree picture books,ᑌᐦᑌᐎᔑᔥ (Froggy) and ᓂᑮ ᐙᐸᒫᐤ ᔑᑳᒄ! (I Saw a Skunk!), produced in coordination with TLC Canada. Media Player apps were also created for readers to download and use to interact with the books, making the stories come to life. Learners can hear the proper pronunciation of words in the book to practice their speaking skills. This is the first time TLC partnered to develop a project in the Cree language. We're excited to be a part of the revitalization of Moose Cree! Connect with the Ininew Friendship Centre for more information.

Product Spotlight

Latest Lakota book available: Meadowlark & Rattlesnake

Tȟašíyagnuŋpa na Siŋtéȟla, the second book in an intermediate picture book series recorded by anthropologist and linguist Ella Deloria, is now available for purchase in the TLC bookstore! Through vivid and colorful illustrations, Meadowlark and the Rattlesnake tells a traditional story of a clever meadowlark and conniving rattlesnake. 
Thanks to a generous donation, teachers will be able to obtain some free copies for their classroom. Please e-mail customersupport@lakhota.org to request book copies. For those interested in a personal copy, visit our bookstore to purchase your copy today!

New Crow picture book series coming soon

 The Natural World Series picture books 1-4 are almost ready to be released to the Crow community! Filled with bright illustrations and traditional storytelling, these Crow picture books bring Apsáalooke legends to life.  Thanks to the generosity of donors, free copies of the Natural World Series will be made available to Crow tribal community members by the end of October. Be the first to know where and when these books are distributed in the Crow education community by liking us on Facebook.

Upcoming Events

October 17-18 Lakota Language Weekend

 In partnership with the University of Denver, LLC is gearing up for our fourth Virtual Lakota Language Weekend! Registration filled up fast as Lakota learners expressed excitement to learn and connect with dozens of other speakers. We look forward to seeing all the students and Lakota instructors enjoying a weekend of Lakȟótiyapi! If you didn't get a chance to register for this one, mark your calendars for the next Virtual Lakota Language Weekend catered to community members in the Rapid City area school district. 

October 24-25 Cowlitz Coast Salish Virtual Language Weekend

The first-ever Cowlitz Coast Salish Language Weekend will be held this month. This is an exciting opportunity for Cowlitz tribal members to revitalize their sleeping language. Currently, Coast Salish Cowlitz has no fluent speakers. The virtual Language Weekend is one of the first steps to bring the language back into the community. Registration quickly filled up as Cowlitz tribal members expressed their enthusiasm for the event.
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