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WAYK 2020 Summer Language Intensive

June 26, 2020 – August 23, 2020 This summer, the WAYK team will live in the Vancouver area and work with a team of local speakers and learners. The team that comes together in North Vancouver will build on the existing work done over the past several years (including experiences working with both Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and… Read more »

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Anchorage 2020 Spring/Summer Mini-Language Intensive (Tentative)

May 25, 2020 – June 19, 2020 (Tentative) This year, in the early spring and summer, the WAYK team and members of the regional Unangam Tunuu team from the Pribilof and Aleutian islands will gather in Anchorage for a “mini” Language Intensive following the regional spring visits to Atka and St. Paul. As APIA (the… Read more »

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Tsleil-Waututh Nation Lesson Writing Intensive 2020 (Tentative)

April 20, 2020 – June 12, 2020 (Tentative Dates) This spring, in preparation for the 2020 Summer Language Intensive, the WAYK team will spend 8 weeks working with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Department of Culture and Language to further develop their novice-level curriculum for Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim. TWN’s Department of Culture and Language is strongly supported by… Read more »

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Summer Intensive Expectations: 2020 Update

Here you will find the 2020 Summer Intensive expectations for WAYK team members who will be joining the project at Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, BC. We want to be clear and transparent with applicants about what WAYK expects from them and what they can expect in return. What you can expect as a summer… Read more »

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WAYK Summer Intensive Schedule: 2020 Update

It can be hard to imagine what a language revitalization summer looks like, but working to keep a language vital is a full-time endeavor. Here’s an updated look at what to expect from the WAYK Summer Intensive schedule in 2020. As with any program centered around language learning, it’s essential that we have daily contact… Read more »

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WAYK Summer Team Frequently Asked Questions: 2020 Update

We’ve put together a list of some of the most common questions we get about WAYK Summer Language Intensive projects and the internship/volunteer positions we offer. We hope that anyone who’s interested in applying to join a summer project with WAYK can find the answer to some of their burning questions below. If you have… Read more »

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Call for WAYK 2020 Summer Team!

This summer, we are once again fortunate to offer summer positions on the WAYK team during the 2020 Summer Language Intensive. These positions are sponsored by our host community, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, located in beautiful North Vancouver, British Columbia. Participating in a WAYK summer project is one of the best ways to be fully immersed in… Read more »

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Announcing WAYK’s 2020 Summer Intensive: North Vancouver, British Columbia!

WAYK is very excited to announce—after months (and years!) of planning with the host community—that our 2020 Summer Intensive will once again take place in North Vancouver, British Columbia! This will be WAYK’s 10th summer project with a partner community. In 2020, we will continue our partnership with Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN). Due to the location… Read more »

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Meet the 2019 Summer Language Intensive Team

We are delighted to welcome 4 new team members to the 2019 Summer Language Intensive in North Vancouver, British Columbia. These visitors, and the project as a whole, are able to join us thanks to the generous support of Tsleil-Waututh Nation, our partner for this year’s Summer Language Intensive. Years of planning have gone into… Read more »

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What Makes You Full?

The “What makes you full?” activity is invaluable for a group that will be working closely for a period of time. Past intern Robyn introduced it to Evan and Susanna, and they introduced it to this year’s visiting team, who are here on St. Paul Island for the summer of 2017. What do we mean… Read more »

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WAYK 2019 Summer Language Intensive

May 17, 2019 – August 4, 2019 This summer, the WAYK team, including new WAYK interns, will live in the Vancouver area and work with a team of local speakers and learners. The team that comes together in North Vancouver will build on the existing work done over the past several years (including experiences working… Read more »

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The Ultimate Turkish Hunting Kit

The challenge of designing the ultimate Turkish hunting kit has captured the obsessive part of my brain for the last week. What is a “hunting kit,” you ask? It’s a collection of objects carefully chosen to introduce a language to a learner. One example is the Unangam Tunuu hunting kit. In one of our first… Read more »

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Hiking Trip & Interview with Marjorie

When I first learned about Where Are Your Keys, and that they offer summer internships in Unangax̂ Territory, I was really excited. I am an Unangax̂ that grew up away from my homelands, and I saw this an opportunity to learn my language, visit my homelands for the first time, and build stronger relationships with other… Read more »

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Hunting Quechua in Alaska

It’s about time that I shared one of my big plusses from my 2017 Summer Intensive experience: “hunting” Quechua, thanks to Rachel Sprouse. It makes learning to hunt a lot more real for me since Quechua is a language I’ve been trying to learn (on and off) since 2013. My first link to Indigenous languages in the Americas was… Read more »

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Technique: Mumble

Technique: Mumble In the movie Finding Nemo an adventurous young fish wishes to break free from the strict world his father constructed under the reef. During a school field trip, he escapes and swims into the open ocean. Nemo eventually gets lost and finds himself in Australia. Without the support of adults, Nemo has to rely… Read more »

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Madeline’s Reflections on the Summer

Madeline Snigaroff, who joined the team for the 2018 Summer Intensive in Anchorage sent us this update in November.  It’s been four months since I left Anchorage, and I now find myself in quite another world. College, distance, and busyness make it difficult to keep the active language-learning mindset that WAYK taught me over the summer, but… Read more »

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Cameo Post: Meet Will Monroe (Again!)

Will Monroe, who made a short cameo appearance in Anchorage for the 2018 Summer Intensive wrote about his summer experience in July 2018.  Aang, everyone! Will Monroe here, and I’m back in Alaska working with Where Are Your Keys for the second time. In 2013, WAYK introduced me to the Kodiak Alutiiq community. Since then, I have started… Read more »

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The Best Part of Myles’ Summer 2017

My favorite part of the WAYK Summer Language Intensive on St. Paul Island has been getting to witness an amazing team of young people who are taking language revitalization into their own hands. I feel very lucky to have been able to learn from the Unangam Tunuu language team and to witness their many years… Read more »

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Mary’s Favorite Thing from the 2017 Summer Language Intensive

My favorite thing from the 2017 Summer Language Intensive on St. Paul Island was becoming more comfortable learning and teaching language in immersion, by which I mean staying in the target language and avoiding English. In the past, I tended to divide language learning and language use. There is an essay by Greg Thomson, “Leave… Read more »

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The Unangam Tunuu Speaking Listening Teaching Team

I would like to give a shout out to the Unangam Tunuu Speaking Listening Teaching Team (UTSLT) on St. Paul Island. 2017 was WAYK’s third year partnering with the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, and I was brought here to be patient and supportive student for the UTSLT members. As a fellow Unangax̂, and… Read more »