February 21 is UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day – a day to celebrate, promote and raise awareness about all the languages of the world. Our language is the most powerful tool we have to preserve and develop Mandan culture, which is why promoting and teaching the language in our communities is the #1 priority!
We’re calling out to Mandan speakers, learners and supporters to claim this day for your own, and call it “Mandan Language Day”!
Join MHA Language Project – Mandan in promoting the language tomorrow in honor of International Mother Language Day. Here are some suggestions for what you can do to promote Mandan:
- Join the #MotherLanguage and #IMLD2016 Twitter campaign:
“Throughout the day, tweet using your mother language. Please share ‘why is it important to use your language on the internet?’ or tweet greetings or your favorite words/phrases in your language. You might also choose to tweet a translation in order to encourage speakers of other indigenous and minority language communities.“
Check this page out for more information: https://tweetmotherlanguage.org/
- Teach someone you know a Mandan word or phrase using our online dictionary (Mandan to English or English to Mandan).
- Teach someone you know how to play Mandan Vocab Builder.
- Ask a speaker to help you with pronunciation or understanding of a Mandan word or phrase.
- Text someone in Mandan using the Mandan Keyboard – Mobile for iOS or Android.
We hope you join the movement! By bringing awareness of the language you are helping to:
- Remember the elders who kept Mandan songs, traditions and ceremonies alive;
- Remember the generations silenced in the boarding schools;
- Honor the speakers who have brought their understanding of the language into classrooms and have done their best to find a way to teach it;
- Honor yourself and your fellow students for your commitment to learning.
What will you say in Mandan on Mandan Language Day? Don’t forget to pick up your FREE Mandan language materials at the MHA Language Department at NHSC or by placing an order at the bookstore.
For a quick list of FAQs about Mother Language Day, check out The Language Conservancy’s blog post “7 Questions You May Have About International Mother Language Day”.