Indigenous Pedagogies

Northwest Indian Language Institute Summer Institute Projects:

The Northwest Indian Language Institute works with Indigenous languages of the Pacific Northwest and across the continent helping to provide resources for language revitalization. Every summer the NILI Summer Institute is held on the campus of University of Oregon. At the Summer Institute, Sapsik’ʷałá students as well as other language teachers and language revitalization practitioners take courses to help them learn pedagogy for teaching Indigenous languages.

Indigenous language pedagogy is an important part of our program because it helps students gain an understanding of how the language of a community is tied to the culture, and that languages are the lens through which a person views the world. In addition it gives our future teachers methods for teaching language that might be more culturally relevant for a Native community as opposed to methods that are used for more prominent world languages.

Resources:

Student Projects:

Nicole Downey:

Jackson Lawrence:

Cecelia Koskela:

Jacob Billy:

Sia Aronica:

Olivia Sparks:

Chay Raymond: