Welcome to a new direction in the revitalization of the Yuman languages. The current Yuman Family Language Summit Committee has decided to take the annual summit outdoors. Following a model of creating a language learning environment, the committee is planning a place where Yuman language can be spoken. For the upcoming year of 2017 the plans are to take our past summit participants and camp at the youth camp in Peach Spring where we can learn, practice and speak our languages. But we are starting off small. In order to do the large camp that will included all 14+ bands of Yuman, we need to work on a smaller scale. Here is the general announcement
During the month of September 2016, speakers, language learners and other interested tribal people will camp together to plan language use in a “camp setting”. This will be held at the Hualapai Mt. Park, Sept 12-15, 2016. Here we will learn how to use language in a normal way, plan cultural instruction and use our languages with ourselves and others. Most important we will use the Yuman word, no matter how much we know and don’t know in this camp. We’re starting out with 60-75 people and we’d like to have the bands of Yuman come in their respective groups and to include: a speaker, an elder and maybe someone who can document. This pilot camp is to get things in place for the 2017 YLFS Summit so we are looking committed people to join us and help. Our long term goal is to provide a foundation for each tribe to set up their own camps and other events to use the language. We will work will a pre-set list of phrases and words but it will be up to the people to come up with their defined list. The list of phrases to translate into the Yuman language and to bring to the camp with will be on the site under lists.
We will have a registration fee to off-set the costs of the food and cooks. The Hualapai Mt. Park have cabins available for rent for the elderly, with facilities. Tent camp sites are available and encouraged for others or if a group wants to jump in together. This is open to all those interested in speaking, learning and using our languages. We are also looking to create “lifelines” of language speakers to help people “stay in the language.”
We look forward to your participation and we will help you get the lists of things you need to bring, cabins to rent and most important, using your language in a themed setting. Get ready to speak and learn.
Yuman Family Language Summit Committee