Native American Languages To Be Discussed Today


Richard Littlebear, the president of Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer, Montana will speak at 4 p.m. today at the University of Montana about "The Challenges of Native American Bilingualism in the American Education System."

"One of the obstacles to teaching Native languages are parents who may have bought into thinking that English is the only way," Littlebear told The Kaimin, the school's newspaper.

The lecture will take place in Room 101 of the Law Building.

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Submitted by badger on
American Indian languages, cultures, and beliefs connect and echo the natural reality of a universe that is alive and creative, and is tied intimately to the landscape that has inspired and conditioned our development. The American Indian languages is an very important element of the natural environment (earth, water, sun, sky, etc). It is our way of communicating and participating with each other and the natural world is action-oriented with grammar revolving around action or verbs. The AI language says a lot in a single-word. The English (European) languages are noun-oriented and frame reality as an assortment of objects and emphasizes things being tied and the Native American Indian language focuses attention on the act of tying. It is very important the tribal members take the time to learn and speak their Native languages. This could be a major barrier because teachers do not take this important difference into consideration and put everybody in a "one size fits all".