Theory and advocacy for indigenous language revitalization in the United States

Mary Hermes Waabishkimiigwan, Megan Bang

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The current moment is one of crisis and opportunity. Educators, linguists and Indigenous people have a rare opportunity to share perspectives and coordinate efforts to revitalize the Indigenous languages of the United States. The very sites used to destroy these languages (schools) are now the sites for reclaiming language (immersion schools). The disciplines used to colonize us as the “other” (e.g., anthropology and linguistics) now have a role in helping bring back languages through documentation. This chapter focuses on the work of coming together as we urge intellectuals, citizens of tribal nations, and the United States nation to seize the deep and lasting changes that this Indigenous movement has to offer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Educational Linguistics
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781317754466
ISBN (Print)9780415531306
StatePublished - Aug 13 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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