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Old 09-22-2009, 04:36 PM   #1
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An emcee question for powwowers

I am an emcee in the Pacific northwest. I work in language restoration. At powwows i sometimes do announcements in our tribal languages. I have been doing this in order to refamiliarize our youth and tribal people with our Languages, which are fading. I have traveled to places in montana and canada where a majourity of emceeing sometime is done in the local language.
what do you, as powwow people, feel when this happens? are you put off by not understanding? or does this spark an interest in knowing these almost lost languages? food for thought.
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:45 PM   #2
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I am an emcee in the Pacific northwest. I work in language restoration. At powwows i sometimes do announcements in our tribal languages. I have been doing this in order to refamiliarize our youth and tribal people with our Languages, which are fading. I have traveled to places in montana and canada where a majourity of emceeing sometime is done in the local language.
what do you, as powwow people, feel when this happens? are you put off by not understanding? or does this spark an interest in knowing these almost lost languages? food for thought.
I'll step up to the plate. Continue to do it at your tribal powwows (not at someone elses), be proud of your language, outsiders will/should understand that at your tribal powwow, your language will be used. Just make sure they are getting the info they need in English.
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Old 09-23-2009, 04:16 AM   #3
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Yes I agree.It would be fun as well as interesting and perhaps the ones that don't know may pursue it further.

As a suggestion,maybe check to see if your local colleges offer such classes and if they don't and there is interest to have classes it would be fun as well as educational.You all can arange your own meeting and we can learn together.

Make our elders proud.

It is getting more and more difficult to find even elders who are really fluent in their Native tongue.
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:17 PM   #4
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I think if yer fluent, or at least knowledgeable to whatever level, you can speak your language any time or place you feel like it.

And yeah, I think it's a given that info pertinent to everyone will be dissemenated in a language understood by all....
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I've attended powwows, celebrations in several areas throughout North America where their own language was used during parts of the pw. It never bothered me nor was I offended. It was actually nice to hear that they are still using their language. I like it when the MC will interpret a word or phrase to let us "visitors" know.
Kudos to you for speaking it, keep it up!! I know sum of what you're saying, LOL.
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I've attended powwows, celebrations in several areas throughout North America where their own language was used during parts of the pw. It never bothered me nor was I offended. It was actually nice to hear that they are still using their language. I like it when the MC will interpret a word or phrase to let us "visitors" know.
Kudos to you for speaking it, keep it up!! I know sum of what you're saying, LOL.
I agree completely.I'd much rather hear and speak our Native tongue anyday,anywhere, or anytime.Opposed to "other" languages that we hear in any Wal-Mart on a regular basis.I really dislike it.I'm trying to be nice.
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It's great that you use your tribal language at your powwow!
But do an English translation for the spectators.
Kudos to you for helping save the language! Keep doing what you're doing.
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Speaking,

Keep it up. It is very inspiring to hear a tribal language spoken by leaders at a powwow.

At a powwow I was helping with, I instructed the 3 emcees to traditionally give an oratory the way it was done in their communities in their native languages - to invite the dancers into the dance arena.

I was very proud and honored to hear the dancers being called traditionally in the languages of the Comanche, Crow and Blood.

My grandfather was a traditional camp crier for our tribe. I remember his voice waking me up as he walked through the camp announcing the events of the day. When the public address (PA) system became a part of powwows, he would use this medium to inhance his traditional talent when he was called upon.

I have been dabbling as an emcee lately and bring in the dancers the way he did in our language. This is a tradition that we are losing rapidly.
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