Meet the intern team for summer 2017 on St. Paul Island, Alaska: Myles Creed, Mary Leighton, Talia London, Erin McGarvey, Robbie Penman, and Rachel Sprouse.


Myles Creed : 2017 WAYK Summer Team

Myles Creed

2017 WAYK Summer Team

Myles Creed was raised in Kotzebue, Alaska on the land of the Qikiqtaġruŋmiut Iñupiat and attended Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, Alaska. His family's ancestry is Irish, English and French. After graduating from college, he spent a few years living abroad, teaching English and learning languages like Dutch and Chinese. The past three years, Myles has worked for the Alaska Native Heritage Center's language grant, helping develop curriculum to teach Iñupiaq language in Anchorage. He is currently a graduate student in Linguistics at the University of Victoria and hopes to use his degree to continue to be a partner in Iñupiaq language revitalization efforts.

Mary Leighton : 2017 WAYK Summer Team

Mary Leighton

2017 WAYK Summer Team

Mary Leighton lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has a Master's degree in Education. She was introduced to WAYK techniques while learning hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in 2016. Mary joins the WAYK team for the 2017 Summer Language Intensive in St. Paul, Alaska. She is grateful to have three months on a beautiful island to focus on learning methodology with the local team that is revitalizing Unangam Tunuu.

 

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Talia London : 2017 WAYK Summer Team

Talia London

2017 WAYK Summer Team

Talia London is a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts, studying education. She grew up on the Lummi Nation in Washington State. Talia is a descendent of the Unangax̂ Village of Nikolski. She is interested in youth leadership, youth voice and Indigenous sovereignty.

Erin McGarvey : 2016 WAYK Summer Team, 2017 WAYK Summer Team

Erin McGarvey

2016 WAYK Summer Team, 2017 WAYK Summer Team

Erin McGarvey is from London, Ontario.  She has her undergraduate degree from Western University in London, ON where she specialized in Linguistics and majored in Music.  She just finished the first year of her Master’s program in Linguistics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton this past year. She first interned with WAYK in Atka in 2016. She is super excited to be in St. Paul with the WAYK team to learn and collaborate with the community to preserve and revitalize their language!

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Robbie Penman : 2017 WAYK Summer Team

Robbie Penman

2017 WAYK Summer Team

Robbie Felix Penman has been involved since 2015 with Quechua and Mapuche language revitalization initiatives. He is interested in supporting communities and speakers that are fighting against the disappearance of their languages; including in terms of language teaching, language policy/planning, translation, language revitalization strategy, and language documentation/description. He has an MA in language documentation and revitalization from SOAS (University of London).

Rachel Sprouse : 2017 WAYK Summer Team

Rachel Sprouse

2017 WAYK Summer Team

Rachel Sprouse is originally from Stonington, Connecticut and has spent the last few years in New York City. She holds an undergraduate degree in Spanish Linguistics and works with indigenous Latin American languages and immigration issues in NYC. Rachel joins the WAYK team for the 2017 Summer Intensive in St. Paul Island, Alaska. She is quite excited to be joining the WAYK team and the community of St. Paul Island and hopes to learn from as well as meaningfully contribute to this summer’s project on Unangam Tunuu.