IYIL@UNT Events | International Year of Indigenous Languages

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Keynote Event

Daryl Baldwin and Healing Sacred Voices - September 9, 3pm, UNT Student Union Room 333

LInk to calendar page and schedule | Facebook event page

Opening remarks by UNT President Neal Smatresk

Healing Sacred Voices and the UNT Native American Student Association present on the strength in dialects, historical trauma, boarding schools and language re-discovery

Healing Sacred Voices is an initiative of American Indian Heritage Day in Texas, a Dallas-based grassroots organization. Healing Sacred Voices is a member of the United Nations Global Indigenous Languages Caucus.

Daryl Baldwin tells the story of Myaamia language revitalization

Baldwin is a linguistic and cultural preservationist who works to restore the linguistic, cultural, and intellectual heritage of the Myaamia (Miami) nation to its present-day descendants through a multipronged approach of research, education, and academic partnerships. He is a 2016 recipient of the MacArthur Award.

This event is presented by the Discovery Series of the College of Information.

It is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the Departments of Anthropology and Linguistics, the Multicultural Center, and the Office of the President.


Other IYIL @ UNT Events

Indigenous Film Series: Language Healers - September 19, 2pm, UNT Marquis 130

  • Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers) tells the story of Native Peoples striving to revitalize their languages
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  • The Indigenous Film Series is organized by the Graduate Anthropology Student Association, the Undergraduate Anthropology Student Association, and World Echoes. It is sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Division of International Affairs.

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds: Artist Talk and Reception - September 30, 5:30pm, Greater Denton Arts Council

Link to calendar page | Facebook event page

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne/Arapaho) is an advocate for indigenous communities worldwide. His artistic creations and efforts focus first on social justice and then the personal freedom to live within the tribal circle as an expressive individual. He will speak to indigenous language issues in his talk.

See here for more details on the artist talk.

There will also be an exhibit of his work.

This event is sponsored by the College of Visual Arts and Design; the Departments of Studio Art, Art Education & Art History, Philosophy & Religion, English, Geography & the Environment, and History; the Institute of Applied Sciences; UNT Libraries; the Multicultural Center; the Greater Denton Arts Council; and Jim Wilson, MFA 2018.

Indigenous Film Series: Edge of the Knife - October 21, 2pm, UNT Marquis 130

  • SGaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife) is the first feature film spoken only in the Haida language. Set in 19th-century Haida Gwaii in the Pacific Northwest, it tells the classic Haida story of the traumatized and stranded man transformed to Gaagiixiid, the wildman.
  • Trailer
  • The Indigenous Film Series is organized by the Graduate Anthropology Student Association, the Undergraduate Anthropology Student Association, and World Echoes. It is sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Division of International Affairs.

Nahuatl Language Workshop - October 30, 3-5pm, UNT Marquis 130

Anthony Zamora, UNT Linguistics student of Tlaxcaltec descent, will introduce basic Nahuatl to participants.

Nahuatl is an indigenous language spoken by about 1.7 million people in central Mexico.

This event is sponsored by the Native American Student Association (NASA), the Multicultural Center, and the Division of International Affairs.

Indigenous Storytelling Event - November 9, 10:30am-12, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Link to calendar page | Facebook event page

To attend for free, register at https://form.jotform.com/92835298664978

  • This event is part of an international Language Party movement
  • Speakers of Indigenous languages tell a story in their language and then in English
  • Featured speakers:
    • Sumshot Khular - speaker of Lamkang, a language spoken in Northeast India
    • Manu Leilani Birkmire - speaker of Hawaiian

    • Lane Barrett - Tsalagi Nation of Oklahoma
    • Amiso George - she is native Nigerian and Efik is her mother's language

    • Pablo Millalen Lepin - speaker of Mapuzugun, a Mapuche language spoken in Chile

    • Jermani Ojeda Ludena - Quechua language speaker from Peru

    • Juan Tiney Chirix - Maya Kaqchikel-Tzutujil from Iximulew, so-called Guatemala

  • More on the storytellers here
  • This event is sponsored by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the UNT Department of Anthropology, the UNT Native American Student Association (NASA), UT Austin Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), and Ka Pā Hula O Manulani.

Indigenous Film Series: Sami Blood - November 13, 2pm, UNT Marquis 130

Sami Blood is a Swedish coming-of-age drama film. The film is set in Sweden in the 1930s and concerns a 14-year-old girl who experiences prejudice at a nomad school for Sami children, and decides to escape her town and disavow her Sami heritage. The director is Sami and the film received funding from the International Sami Film Institute.

Trailer

The Indigenous Film Series is organized by the Graduate Anthropology Student Association, the Undergraduate Anthropology Student Association, and World Echoes. It is sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Division of International Affairs.


Other Relevant Events

7th Annual American Indian Heritage Day in Texas - September 28

4th Annual Native American and Indigenous Peoples Day Symposium - October 7

Indigenous Peoples' Day - October 15

Pin-Making Night - November 7

"This Land" Discussion - November 21


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