Language as a Cultural Resource: A Case Study with the Tolowa and Hupa Languages


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Through past and current language and Cultural Resource Management (CRM) policies, this study aims to include revitalization efforts in indigenous communities, technology as a factor in protecting and spreading a language, and the state of diversity within Athabaskan languages. The Athabaskan language family contains indigenous languages with long histories riddled with past and current colonialist and language policies. A focus on emphasizing the notion of language as an essential cultural resource to the CRM field will be explored. In recent years, CRM practitioners have been implementing and advocating for progressive policies to help communities that host at risk languages. Using this information, this project will consider the adverse effects to at risk languages when conducting a CRM investigation and develop an understanding for the consideration of language as a cultural resource. A complete understanding of how to use language resource management theories and practices to implement conservation efforts in endangered language areas will be developed by working with tribes, linguistic anthropologists, and CRM professionals.

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Language as a Cultural Resource: A Case Study with the Tolowa and Hupa Languages. Jonathan Roldan, Makayla Whitney, Taylor Picard. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449363)

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Abstract Id(s): 24555