Hedekeyeh Hots'ih Kāhidi - "Our Ancestors are in us": strengthening our voices through language revitalization from a Tahltan worldview

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dc.contributor.author Thompson, Judith Charlotte
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-29T22:31:25Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-29T22:31:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-08-29
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4213
dc.description.abstract Hedekeyeh Hots’ih Kāhidi – “Our Ancestors Are In Us,” describes a Tahltan worldview, which is based on the connection Tahltan people have with our Ancestors, our land, and our language. From this worldview, I have articulated a Tahltan methodology, Tahltan Voiceability, which involves receiving the teachings of our Ancestors and Elders, learning and knowing these teachings, and the sharing of these teachings with our people. By giving voice to our Ancestors and Elders, as well as to all of our people, it sets the stage for research that is useful, relational, and transformative. Tahltan Voiceability speaks not only to the methodology of this study, but also the way in which the voices of my people can gain strength and healing from the revitalization of our language. Conversations with fluent speakers, language teachers, educators, administrators, and language learners informed this investigation with their ideas and experiences regarding Tahltan language revitalization. The learnings from the research are presented in such a way as to honour all voices, using different modes of written expression woven throughout the dissertation. The organization of the dissertation is based upon physical manifestations – examples of art – that have played key roles in my Tahltan journey. This investigation addressed the following questions: How can Tahltan language revitalization positively affect the lives of my people? In the past and present, what has been done to maintain, preserve, and revitalize our Tahltan language? In the future, what do my people need to do to continue to maintain, preserve, and revitalize our Tahltan language? In terms of positive effects, language revitalization can be the start of a process in which we begin to heal from the impacts of past losses by reclaiming our language, culture, and identity, thereby allowing our voices to become stronger and healthier. My people need to identify the steps and actions we need to take in the areas of health, education, social development, and Aboriginal rights and title, so that we can revitalize our language and heal at the same time. From what I learned from co-researchers, scholars who have worked with our Tahltan communities, other Indigenous community language revitalization experts, and international language revitalization scholars, I have provided suggestions to a newly formed Tahltan Language Authority dealing with the assessment of the language, community support, and language revitalization programs being used in British Columbia and other parts of the world. Finally, I speak about Tahltan identity, the process of language revitalization, and the connection between language revitalization and healing as forms of empowerment for my people. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Tahltan worldview en_US
dc.subject learnings en_US
dc.subject language revitalization and healing en_US
dc.subject aboriginal healing en_US
dc.subject Aboriginal health en_US
dc.subject Aboriginal language revitalization en_US
dc.subject Tahltan identity en_US
dc.subject Tahltan language revitalization en_US
dc.subject Tahltan Voiceability en_US
dc.subject Teachings en_US
dc.subject Voiceability en_US
dc.subject Tahltan methodology en_US
dc.subject Indigenous language revitalization en_US
dc.title Hedekeyeh Hots'ih Kāhidi - "Our Ancestors are in us": strengthening our voices through language revitalization from a Tahltan worldview en_US
dc.title.alternative Our Ancestors are in us en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Turner, Nancy J.
dc.contributor.supervisor Marshall, Elizabeth Anne
dc.degree.department Interdisciplinary Graduate Program en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Thompson, J. C. (Edōsdi). (2008). Hede kehe' hotzi' kahidi': My journey to a Tahltan research paradigm. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 31(1), 24-40. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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