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Shoshone Immersion Nights

Organized by: Samuel Broncho

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Samuel's Photo
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Tonight Marked the 3rd Immersion Night
November 19, 2016

Following a Shoshone Language Conference here in Elko, NV, was the 3rd Shoshone Immersion Dinner! We had a total of 17 participants. Our activities See More

THE STORY:

The Who:
Hakanni memme? Ne Samuel Broncho mai nanihan. Ne Atakko naitte.

Hello everyone. My name is Samuel Broncho and I am from Elko, NV. Throughout my life I have had the benefit of growing up with parents who are fluent in our Native, Ancestral, Indigenous languages. For my family this is Shoshone and Paiute. Much like the rest of my generation of Native Americans, growing up we were never explicitly taught any language besides English. There would be a few opportunities to take classes on our language but there was never anything that helped anyone utilize what they learned in the real world. The best opportunities to learn the language would be outside of the community and hosted by non-Native Americans.

The What:
For this reason, I decided to create the Shoshone Immersion Dinner series. As a a Shoshone language instructor, one of my goals is for all learners of Shoshone to have a place where they can practice openly, without fear of criticism. A second, but equally important goal is to create a space where Shoshone language learners can interact and speak with elders in the community, bridging the gap of fluent speakers and beginning learners, which also happens to be a generational gap. Shoshone Immersion Dinners are a chance to use what you know, listen to fluent speakers, and if someone is completely brand new to learning, soaking in the immersion process. These immersion nights are hosted at our local community welcome center, based around a dinner, preferably Native-based meal but since we live in a contemporary world it is necessary to explore language involved with many kinds of food. I create and distribute cheat sheets that have important and relevant vocabulary and phrases for that evening. Students from my beginning Shoshone class at the local college attend for an extra opportunity to practice what they've learned, Shoshone elders from the community assist in cooking, setting up, and general practice. Everyone who attends helps set up, cook, and serve. Once the timer starts, everyone has to only speak Shoshone. If the participants are having issues they can refer to their cheat sheet, act something out, or just sit back and take everything in. The idea is to recreate the immersive experience of when we learned our first language. We babbled, we listened, and mimicked.

How you can help:
We have successfully hosted 2 dinners over the past 6 months, but we need your help to fund the next event, scheduled to take place in November, which also happens to be Native American Heritage month. Your donation to this project will cover the cost of supplies for the dinner, the rental fee for the space and prizes for activities throughout the evening.

$400

 

133% Raised of $300 Goal

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  • Charo Lanao

     

  • Gina Del Tito

    $25

  • Catherine del Tito

    $75

  • Derron

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Sarah Keenan

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Amar Abbas

    $25

  • Fricke Family

    $50

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Samuel Broncho

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Donor Comments

Fricke Family

Fricke Family

DONATION: $50

12 months ago

Amar Abbas

Amar Abbas

DONATION: $25

Keep the fantastic work going Sam, all the best! 12 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

12 months ago

Sarah Keenan

Sarah Keenan

DONATION: $25

Good luck Sam, this is a great project lets hope your modest figure is smashed through the roof! 12 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

12 months ago

Derron

Derron

Ne newenii tepitsi tsaansuankante!!! 12 months ago

Catherine del Tito

Catherine del Tito

DONATION: $75

12 months ago

Gina Del Tito

Gina Del Tito

DONATION: $25

Keep up the great work Sam! Can't wait for the next one! 12 months ago

Charo Lanao

Charo Lanao

Thank you Sam for the work amazing thingd you are doing. Thank you for the elders that are helping you. Language is such an important part of our identity. Love your passion about cultural preservation. This donation is thinking about my dad, who was an amazing quechua speaker and he learned to be proud of it. 12 months ago

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