Diiginjik Riheet’ee: Our Language We Respect

Speaker: Allan Hayton, Director of Language Revitalization for Doyon Foundation Lay Leader: Jana Peirce

Connection, identity, heritage, healing and survival are the words used by those who talk about Native language revitalization. But a language is not just a set of words, it’s a worldview. Allan Hayton grew up in Arctic Village, Alaska, speaking Gwich’in Athabaskan before moving Outside to study theater and film. He now directs language revitalization efforts for nine Athabaskan languages as the Language Program Director for Doyon Foundation. He will talk about what speaking his Native language means to him and the connections between language, land, culture and spirituality.

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