Project Description

Preserving Native Languages Through Online Learning Programs

The rich and diverse cultures and languages of North American Indian tribes are at increasing risk. Many of these languages are in danger of becoming extinct, as the last remaining fluent speakers are now aging elders. To preserve linguistic heritage, Qumark works with you in a partnership to develop cultural and linguistic digital learning materials.

Language Lessons Embedded in Cultural Stories

Unlike other languages, where children learn through structured grammar and vocabulary lessons, many North American Indian languages have traditionally been passed onto younger generations through the use of oral storytelling. To preserve this oral tradition, online language lessons utilize the voices of local band members and stories from their region. Click the link on the right to view a demonstration lesson on the use of cedar bark from the Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre at the Sto:lo Nation.