The learnings from Trish's study have significant implications for language revitalization and language learning. Chief among these are that the complexity of the task of Kwak'wala revitalization requires a multi-faceted approach by applying indigenous principles to teaching and learning and must take into account the impacts of colonization. Further, it is essential to sustain the spirit of the language by maintaining the literal and symbolic meanings that are important in the transmission and maintenance of the culture. Just learning the words is not enough - language learning involves so much more and a large part of this is reclaiming voice, culture and identity.
|Trish, with Dr. Rita Irwin, committee chair, |
Dr. Shaw on Skype and her button blanket on display,