Abenaki, In Relation to the Language
This summer, Middlebury added a pilot program in Abenaki to the Language Schools. For the last three decades, Jesse Bowman Bruchac and Conor McDonough Quinn have worked both together and individually in Abenaki and other Eastern Algonquian language revitalization efforts. They see this work as not only about language, but also about the strengthening of culture and community. These efforts have led Dr. Quinn to develop and implement an Indigenous inspired relational approach to teaching language, in concert with Jesse’s culturally guided incorporation of music, and technology. During their Faculty at Home presentation, they will be discussing formative experiences and methods, as well as reflecting on their extremely successful first session at the new Middlebury Language School of Abenaki.
In his quest to revitalize Abenaki, Jesse Bowman Bruchac has created multiple ways to make the language accessible including a website, a YouTube Channel, and recordings of teaching songs.
Jesse Bowman Bruchac is a Nulhegan Abenaki Citizen. He is a traditional storyteller, musician, and educator. He is the co-director of his family-run education center Ndakinna. He and Dr. Quinn co-teach a Wabanaki Language course at the University of Southern Maine. He has also worked as a consultant, translator, composer and language coach for programs on AMC, National Geographic and PBS.
Conor McDonough Quinn received his PhD from Harvard University in Linguistics in 2006. He is a sought after speaker and lecturer and currently teaches at the University of Southern Maine. He has also taught at St. Thomas University and McGill University, University of Nizwa, Oman, and the University of California, Berkeley. He has at least substantial working experience in over twenty languages.