Please define “cultural perseverance” and apply this model to understanding efforts by Cherokee Nation to reinvigorate language use among their people. Why is this perseverance, as opposed to just preservation of the language?
As you have seen throughout this lesson, extensive efforts have been made by the Cherokee Nation government, and other tribal governments, to revitalize their native languages while experiencing language loss and shift (primarily being replaced by English). These revitalization efforts take significant time and money for tribal governments which are often limited in both. The question then is, why do you think language revitalization is so important to these tribes? Be specific, going beyond what was talked about in the lesson. If all languages are equal, why is it so important to revitalize indigenous languages?
Word Count: 70-100 words
MATERIAL: Native Nations of North America by Steve talbot chapter
Holm, Person, and Chavis, “Peoplehood: A Model for the Extension of Sovereignty in American Indian Studies”
Holm, Person, and Chavis explain their Peoplehood model, which provides a backdrop for this entire Unit.
Cushman, ” ‘We’re Taking the Genius of Sequoyah into This Century’: The Cherokee Syllabary, Peoplehood, and Perseverance”
Cushman (Cherokee Nation) discusses some important historical facets of the Cherokee Syllabary, as well as the idea of cultural perseverance and language revitalization efforts of the Cherokee Nation.
Prompts: Pick One Please define “cultural perseverance” and apply this model to