VIRTUAL EVENT APRIL 3 2022 at 4 pm
CoNAM to explore restoration of Native languages for healing, April 3
written by John Coleman
The Eastern PA Committee on Native American Ministries will feature tribal language preservationist Halay Turning Heart at its annual Spring gathering on Zoom, on Sunday, April 3, at 4 PM. She will share her story about working for language restoration of her Yuchi people.
Turning Heart, who has a linguistics degree from Dartmouth College, created a Yuchi language immersion school in 2018 that became a model and now draws visitors from around the world. She is the Grants Administrator & Language Coordinator at Igiugig Village Council and Project Administrator of the Euchee (Yuchi) Language Project.
A lifelong United Methodist, she is a former United Methodist Women’s president at Pickett Chapel in Oklahoma (an historic Yuchi church), and a former member of the UMC’s General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR).
Halay has over 20 years of practical experience and is published in the field of Indigenous language revitalization. She works with elders, teaches children and is raising her own three young children as the first zOyaha (Yuchi) speakers in four generations. From the womb, she has only spoken to them in Yuchi, known as one of the world’s most ancient languages. It is a language isolate, meaning it has no demonstrable genealogical relationship to any other known language.
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