Native Languages of the Southwest at UT Arlington
From the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop; the Alabama group, with UT Arlington Linguistics &Student Lori McLain Pierce

Department of Linguistics & TESOL | The University of Texas at Arlington

CoLang 2014: Institute on Collaborative Language Research

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Marsha Hotch


Biography

Marsha Hotch was raised in a Tlingit-speaking home. She learned the traditional lifestyle as a child, and has raised her children in Klukwan, on ancestral land, teaching them some of the traditional ways. There are many ways that Marsh has shared her language and heritage. There was the 2-year study program to develop an oration advocating the protection and cultivation of Tlingit language, with the Alaska Native Oratory Society. She was part of the team to produce a series of 5-minute programs aimed at putting the Tlingit language on the air. Marsh has been an adjunct professor of Tlingit for UAS, and program director for grants teaching the Tlingit language. With elder Evelyn Hotch, she teaches

Tlingit language, free to the public, at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center in
Haines. And she partners with the Museum’s educational coordinator to produce
a Tlingit feature in the local weekly newspaper. Marsha is very driven to strengthen her culture. Because of Marsha, Klukwan elders gather weekly to discuss Tlingit law, protocol, ceremonies, and other aspects of traditional life; every youngster in Klukwan receives daily instruction in Tlingit language; and tourists, regional and national audiences are exposed to Tlingit language.



CoLang 2014 Course
Staying in the Language - 2hr
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