RECLAIMING OUR LANGUAGE
Wingapo, Chesk Chemay
Classes begin OCTOBER 20, 2013 AT WOVFD.
contact Becky Guy to register
PATAWOMECK LANGUAGE CLASS INTRODUCTION
One of the "activities" you can do with the kids thiss summer that will give them a secret message to communicate with each other [kids love that!] is to teach them some Patawomeck Language!!
Below is the FIRST installment. We'll see how they take to it and I'll post more if they seem to like this "academically." It might be hard to get them going but I think they will like it once they can say some of the words/phrases themselves.
One of the best ways to reinforce this learning is to say "Kenah!" [Thank You] pronounced " kee nahhhh" [the "hhhh" is more of a breathing sound than anything else] everytime you would say "Thanks" in conversation. If they don't say "Thank You" now, this will be a good habit to develop. Our ancestors were VERY polite, always acknowledging something a person had done for them.
I would suggest starting with Thank You and Hello [ ween gop' o chesk che' may= CLOSE friends or relative] If you want reinforcement on the pronunciation, email me your phone number and a TIME [day & hour p.m./a.m.] I can call you and we'll go over this on the phone. firstname.lastname@example.org
Once your child[ren] become interested in this, let me know and we'll work out a class for them, not of long duration and certainly convenient to their school and sports schedules. We would probably meet only once or twice a month with 'assignments' being given for them to work on at home and over phone in check up with me to ensure good pronunciation techniques. In between these sessions, YOU will be the one with whom they practice their phrases at home, hopefully in regular conversations at mealtimes, etc.. This is the best way to learn lanquage- through repetition in real life situations rather than an artificial period of study which does not appeal to young children...and for which you probably don't have time during the few hours in the day that you get to spend with them one on one.
Nokimis [aka Becky Guy]
Here are audio links to past class lessons
October 20, 2013
Council Meeting 1:00PM White Oak Volunteer Fire Department
November 2, 2013
3rd Annual Patawomeck Heritage Craft Show at Bethel Baptist Church 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Chief John Lightner
1416 Brent Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
c/o Debbi Shelton
319 Chatham Hieghts Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22405