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Indigenous people in Hamilton reclaiming their endangered languages in creative ways – The Spec

by ahnationtalk on May 16, 201996 Views

From games of tag to Anishinaabe bingo, songs to apps, Indigenous peoples across the city are learning their traditional languages.

May 15, 2019

A game of tag, but with a twist: leaders call out directions in Mohawk.

Children listen for “was” and “tosa”rather than “stop” and “go” as they run around the hallways of the Native Women’s Centre (NWC) and its outdoor playground.

The centre’s executive director encourages the spontaneous game and other ways to teach Indigenous families new phrases.

“Mohawk is a very difficult language to learn,” said Juanita Parent, a Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River.

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