Beginning in August 2008, the Kawaiisu Language and Cultural Center and the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival teamed up to test a pilot program in collaboration with the extended family of Kawaiisu elder Betty Hernandez. The youngest participant was born during the project to Betty’s granddaughter. Our goal was to see if the tried-and-true Master Apprentice Language Learning Program could be adapted for families who wanted to learn together at home. The biggest challenge was making things interesting for very young children who in turn inspired the parents and grandparents with their ability to quickly grasp and speak Kawaiisu. You can read about this family and their experiences in "Bringing Our Languages Home; Language Revitalization for Families" published in 2013.
This project was funded by the Sociological Initiatives Foundation.