A paper detailing the observations of native-speaking Facilitators during the Language Keepers project. Language Keepers is an innovative approach combining descriptive linguistics, documentary video, and community outreach to organize speaker groups to use their first language in traditional and contemporary activities while recording it for language learning, dictionary development, research, cultural transmission, and revival. The language of Language Keepers is Passamaquoddy-Maliseet (hereinafter referred to as “Passamaquoddy” or “Maliseet” as appropriate). This paper focuses on the Passamaquoddy- and Maliseet-speaking Facilitators and observations about who they are, how their work evolved over the course of filming, and the importance of their efforts for the success of the documentation project.


Margaret Apt and Julia Schulz


Papers of the Fortieth Algonquian Conference

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