Wyandot Classes Reawakening Language

As reported in “Fighting to keep threatened Indigenous language alive” on APTN, the Huron-Wendat Nation is now holding Wyandot (wya) classes to reawaken their language.

The area occupied by the Wyandot Confederation once spanned from Quebec in Canada to Oklahoma in the US, and today the language Wyandot is located in each of those locations. In Quebec, there have been no native speakers for about a century, and while there were 24 speakers in Oklahoma as of 2000, Native Languages reports there are no native speakers of Wyandot today.

In Quebec, the Huron-Wendat Nation has launched the Yawenda Project (Facebook) to change that. According to a notice on the Huron-Wendat Nation’s site, Wyandot workshops began at Ts8taïe Elementary School on March 30. A community meeting is scheduled on Wednesday concerning the program.

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2 Responses to “Wyandot Classes Reawakening Language”

  1. wakablogger Says:

    BTW, the “8” in Ts8taïe likely is a convenience for theta, θ, standing for the t’ sound. The t’ sound is an aspirated “t,” meaning it is a “t” followed by a puff of air. Place your hand in front of your mouth as you say “tart” and “start.” You will feel a puff after “tart” but not after “start” because the “t” in “start” is aspirated, but the “t” in “start” is not. See “aspiration” to learn about aspiration.

    See “Wyandot language” on Wikipedia and “Wyandotte Language 101 – Barbeau’s phonetic chart” for further information.

  2. Wyandot Classes Reawakening Language – Ethnos Project Crisis Zone Says:

    […] As reported in “Fighting to keep threatened Indigenous language alive” on APTN, the Huron-Wendat Nation is now holding Wyandot (wya) classes to reawaken their language. The area occupied by the Wyandot Confederation once spanned from Quebec in Canada to Oklahoma in the US, and today the language Wyandot is located in each of those locations. In Quebec, there […] […]

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