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OLA 2018: Sustaining Languages
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Sustaining Languages

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Directors Row 3

The program will cover sustaining and conserving languages of all types. Language is a living, growing thing that is completely wrapped up in a culture, and one doesn’t fully exist without the other. The program will present ideas on how some cultures are working to sustain their languages.

Presented by: Katie Grant Thompson, Choogie Kingfisher, and Robin Soweka
Sponsored by: Tribal Libraries Committee
Designed for: Special libraries
Areas of interest: Diversity, Small libraries

Katie ThompsonKatie Thompson is the director of the Sauk Language Department of the Sac and Fox Nation. Thompson has worked for the department for 8 years, starting as a language learner. Thompson worked with fluent speakers of the Sauk language to achieve conversational fluency within one year through a Master-Apprentice program and immersion techniques. Thompson obtained her teaching certification through the Oklahoma Board of Education and taught the language at Stroud High School for three years before assuming the director position that she currently holds. Thompson has received various forms of training in SLA, curriculum development, classroom management, teaching methodology, language preservation, leadership, language archiving and documentation, and linguistics.

Choogie Kingfisher


Choogie Kingfisher is a Kituwah Cherokee Storyteller and Adult Housing Resident Cultural Coordinator for the Cherokee Nation.

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