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



Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers)

Brian McDermott
EmpathyWorks Films

Wednesday, June 25, 7pm
Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center

Film Information:
Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers) tells the story of Native peoples striving to revitalize their languages. We learn about the importance of Native languages and cultures in Alaska from a Yup’ik dog musher and then from a Tlingit carver of wood and metal. The film takes us to a school in Wisconsin where we hear the story of a seventh grade girl who was recently punished for speaking a few words of the Menominee language. We learn more about the fight against language loss through visiting a Euchee (Yuchi) immersion school in Oklahoma where only four fluent elder speakers remain. Finally, we travel to Montana where an inventive professor has been perfecting a method to quickly save these disappearing national treasures.

Brian McDermott, the director, will be on hand to introduce the film and answer Q&A following the screening.

Click here for the trailer.

Instructor Biography:
Brian McDermott (Director), is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed, produced and edited four films including Cigarettes and Fresh Air, a film about aging and assisted living—which screened at festivals, aired on public TV, and is now in distribution. Brian conceived of making Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers) as a way of raising awareness about the importance of language revitalization among Native Peoples.