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Awighiganikok (From What’s Written) Abenaki Stories and Lessons (Online)
October 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am - October 29, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Ndakinna Education Center Abenaki Language Remote Learning Classes:
Awighiganikok (From What’s Written), Abenaki Stories and Lessons
Tuesdays 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Thursdays & Sundays 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The goal of this Abenaki Language course is to offer students the opportunity to become familiar with essential historic Abenaki language texts. This will allow them to be used in our continuing language reclamation efforts as they were intended by their authors. The course will be taught using the writings of Abenaki authors Henry Lorne Masta (1932), Joseph Laurent (1881), and Peter Paul Wzôkhalain (1830), drawing entirely on the stories and lessons presented in these extremely important and under-utilized resources.
Students will be guided through these historic texts, learning the lessons and traditional Abenaki stories contained within them, many of which have only been recorded previously in the Abenaki language.
This course is ideal for those with no prior experience. The goal of this course is to make this rich literary tradition of the Abenaki language fully accessible, while offering tools for students to utilize these materials beyond the course.
Participants will gain a deep understanding of the rich literary of Abenaki authors writing and self-publishing their work within the Abenaki language, dating back to 1830. The texts of these seminal authors are unique resources packed with information that can be found nowhere else, information that is essentially inaccessible without the tools deployed strategically within this course.
By the end of this one-month course, students will leave with the ability to continue their studies with these texts on their own, as the source materials contain far more than can be covered in the time span of the course.
Further, the course is designed to give students a solid enough foundation in the language to not merely further their own knowledge, but also strengthen their ability to teach others effectively from these treasured repositories of the Abenaki culture.
This is a 4 week course consisting of online classes taking place October 6th to the 29th. Each week, the class will take place Tuesday Morning from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For those that can’t make a day time class, it will be repeated in the evening on Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM.
Sunday nights from 6:00-8:00 pm is a community event and game night.
Free fully remastered and digitized copies of each book will be made available to all students.
Minimum 10 person class, maximum 25. Tuesdays 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Thursdays & Sundays 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Suggested Donation: $175 Standard Level, $250 Donation Level. Scholarships Available, Open to All Levels
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