1st Tuesday Talks at CHM: A Journey of Nuu-Wee-Ya’ (Oregon Dene/Athabaskan)
A Journey of Nuu-Wee-Ya’ (Oregon Dene/Athabaskan)presented by Dr. Jaeci Hall
Admission: Free for members or$7 for non-members – pay at the door.
The museum will be open 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM with the talk beginning at 6:30 PM.
Jaeci Hall has made it her life’s work to learn and teach Nuu-wee-ya’ (Oregon Dene/Athabaskan). In 2002 Hall began to learn language from Tututni Elder Gilbert Towner and began to pursue academic training to help analyze, learn and teach Nuu-wee-ya’ (‘our language’). She got a B.A. in Anthropology from Linfield College in 2005; a Master’s in Native American Linguistics in 2008, and completed her Ph.D. in 2021. Her Ph.D. research has included a description of Nuu-wee-ya’ language structure through the analysis of Nuu-wee-ya’ archival texts as well as discussions of how to approach language revitalization with an Indigenous perspective. She spends her time working on her language, teaching it to her children, and enjoying the rivers of Oregon.
This presentation describes Dr. Hall’s journey of language revitalization of Nuu-wee-ya’. This language is a traditional indigenous language of Oregon and Northern California that is connected to multiple tribal communities. She will discuss how she began this journey through language camps with Elder day-sri Gilbert Towner, her collaborations with tribal communities, the process of researching and describing Nuu-wee-ya’ and why language revitalization matters.