Oct 12th 2019

Join us as we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages with a dynamic conversation between five Indigenous community leaders working in language education and revitalization.

Panelists will help us re-think what defines a “Midwestern Indigenous language,” as well as discuss their revitalization work and the importance of language to their communities. The program will conclude with a discussion of how the Newberry’s Indigenous Language Collection and other archival materials can be helpful for language revitalization efforts.


Daryl Baldwin (Miami Tribe of Oklahoma), Director, Myaamia Center, Miami University

Marcus Carriaga (Ho-Chunk Nation) Student, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Marcus Winchester (Pokagon Potawatomi), Director, Pokégnek Bodéwadmik Language and Culture Department

Victorino Torres Nava (Nahua), Founder, Xinachkalko Center, and Professor, Anahuacalmecac School

Michele Wellman-Teeple (Bay Mills Ojibwe Community), Director, Anishinaabemwin Pane Immersion Program

Moderated by Margaret Noodin (Anishinaabe) Director, Electa Quinney Institute, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


9:30 – 10:00: Coffee and Continental Breakfast

10:00 – 10:30: Welcome Remarks

Opening Prayer, Rafael Reza (Yavapai)

Welcome to the Newberry, Brad Hunt, Vice President for Research and Academic Programs, Newberry Library

Land Acknowledgement and introduction of panelists, Les Begay (Diné), President, Board of Directors, Chicago American Indian Center

10:30 – 11:15: Session 1

Panelists will discuss approaches to and models of language revitalization based on the programs with which they work, the importance of language in their communities, and the connections of language to identity and place, particularly in the Midwest.

11:15 – 11:45: Break

11:45 – 12:30: Session 2

Discussion among the panelists will continue and the floor will be opened to audience members.

12:30 – 1:00: Collections Presentation

Materials from the Newberry’s Indigenous Languages Collection will be presented by Will Hansen, the Newberry’s Director of Reader Services and Curator of Americana, and Analú María López (Xi’úi/Guachichil), the Newberry’s Ayer Reference Librarian.

Though the official program will conclude at 1:00 pm, additional viewing of collection items will take place in Baskes Hall until 3:30 pm.

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