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

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Collaborative Research and Programming in a Museum Setting


Mary Linn
Univeristy of Oklahoma

Wednesday, June 25, 1-2pm
Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center



Course Information:
Museum and their associated collections provide a unique opportunity for collaborative language research and revitalization programs. This talk will focus on the Native American Languages Collections at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. With a growing collection of historical and contemporary Native language materials created in large part by Native people, the collection sponsors programming aimed at developing capacity by communities for language and cultural revitalization. We will look primarily at the Oklahoma Breath of Life and the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair. In addition, we will look at the relationship between research-based collections, local revitalization collaborations, and the student training in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.

Instructor Biography:
Mary S. Linn is an Associate Professor of anthropological linguistics at the University of Oklahoma, and Associate Curator for Native American Languages at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. Mary was a founding member of the Oklahoma Native Languages Association, which hold seminars, workshops, and conferences in language revitalization throughout that state. She started the Breath of Life - Oklahoma Workshop, and the annual Native American Youth Language Fair at the museum. Mary has partnered with several Tribes in the state to help with language documentation and description, curriculum development, and other issues in revitalizing their languages.