Learn to speak Abenaki—but also learn the history, art, music, crafts, food, and dance—because culture is integral to language.
Spend a summer at the Language Schools and you'll experience the single most effective method for rapid language acquisition: a total immersion environment with the Language Pledge®—a promise to read, write, listen, and speak only in your language of study.
The School of Abenaki is a pilot program that will launch summer 2020. Our 2-week program (June 30 to July 14) is for approximately 20 students drawn from the Abenaki speaking community by Director Jesse Bowman Bruchac.
Abenaki is an endangered Eastern Algonquian language and one of the three Wabanaki languages of New England and Quebec. It is spoken throughout a wide area ranging from Lake Champlain to the west and Maine to the east. Listen to an interview with Bruchac.
Live in Language
Inside the Abenaki classrooms, the Language Pledge creates a solid foundation and helps students learn all day and every day, in a formal, structured setting.
Outside the classroom, students participate in organized cocurricular activities —including basket making, archery, woodworking, drum circles, song and dance, theater, and storytelling—designed to help enhance language skills while developing cultural proficiency. There are open lectures on Abenaki culture, and other social activities, including concerts and performances in the evenings. Students eat all meals with their Abenaki professors and fellow students, all in language.