Indigenous Storytelling Event | International Year of Indigenous Languages

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Indigenous Storytelling Event

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:30am
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

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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 of northeast India. Sumshot is an activist on women's issues and human rights. Her work with the Lamkang Language Education Committee includes translations of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Sumshot has three master's degrees and started the Ph.D. program in Philosophy at UNT this fall.
  • Manu Leilani Birkmire - speaker of Hawaiian, one of the oldest living languages in the world. Hawaiian, along with English, is the official language of the Hawaiian Islands. Manu is of mixed descent and has been dancing hula since childhood. In 2008, she underwent 'ūniki protocols to graduate as Kumu Hula (Hula Master) and began sharing her knowledge. Manu is a cultural practitioner, hula teacher, and protector of Hawaiian lands and sacred places around the world.

  • Lane Barrett - speaker of Cherokee/Tsalagi. She is a member of the Tsalagi Nation of Oklahoma. Lane is Secretary of the UNT Native American Student Association (NASA).

  • Amiso George - she is native Nigerian and Efik is her mother's language. Amiso is an associate professor of Strategic Communication at Texas Christian University and a Fulbright Scholar.

  • Pablo Millalen Lepin - speaker of Mapuzugun, a Mapuche Language from Wallmapü. He is a member of the Mañiuco, a Mapuche community in the south of Chile. Also, he is part of the "Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones - Comunidad de Historia Mapuche," a Mapuche research collective. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on indigenous policy in Chile and the Mapuche movement in the contemporary era.

  • Jermani Ojeda Ludena - Quechua language speaker from the Andes of South America. He is part of a Quechua community from the south of Peru (Apurimac). For many years he has been engaged in activism to revitalize and promote his native language using traditional mass media (radio). He is beginning his Ph.D. studies at the University of Texas at Austin (Department of Spanish and Portuguese). His research interest is the manifestation of Quechua language in Peruvian Andes through mass media, specifically radio stations during the last decades.

  • Juan Tiney Chirix - non-binary Maya Kaqchikel-Tzutujil from Iximulew, so-called Guatemala. Kaqchikel is his mother's language. He is part of the "Colectivx Centroamericanx", where Juan has been involved in reclaiming academic spaces for the recognition of Indigenous knowledge, especially the indigenous economy and politics. He is currently pursuing a doctoral program in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on the analysis of the violence of the Guatemalan nation-state toward Indigenous communities. He engages with geopolitics, critical race, and gender theory from a non-binary indigenous perspective.

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.

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