Guest Speaker

Marianne Ignace Speaking at the Bill Reid Gallery

Posted May 30, 2012

Marianne Ignace on Revitalization of the Xaad Kil Language
Associate Professor of Anthropology, joint appointment with First Nations Studies at SFU
Saturday, June 9, 2012
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Regular Gallery Admission includes program:
Adults $10, Senior/Student $7, Youth/Child $5 (plus HST)
Members FREE

As part of the featured exhibition That Which Makes Us Haida - the Haida Language, join Marianne Ignace as she speaks about her research and experience with the Haida language.

• How Xaad Kil "works" as a language: the fascinating ways in which the language encodes knowledge, organizes experience and embeds social and "on the land" experience in ways of speaking.
• How Xaad Kil speakers deploy(ed) their knowledge of the language in social life: how oratory or speech making works - with examples from historic potlatch speeches.
• How oral traditions and histories express what we can call traditional Haida law.

About Marianne Ignace
For the past 20 years, Dr. Ignace has focused her research on the Secwepemc (Shuswap) people of the Plateau, where her interests are aboriginal land use and occupancy, ethnobotany, traditional ecological knowledge, ethnohistory, and the linguistic and anthropological analysis of Aboriginal language discourse.
She has authored and co-authored papers in various journals and books on these topics, and has also carried out research in the field of Aboriginal language revitalization. In recent years, she has worked with First Nations communities and elders on various language revitalization projects, including Secwepemctsin,
St’at’imcets, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, Haida and Sm’algyax.

This public program is presented as part of the Gallery's featured exhibition. That Which Makes Us Haida –the Haida Language documents the last remaining fluent speakers of the Haida language and their dedication to keeping their language alive, through riveting personal portraits and insightful interviews with
elders. This exhibition runs through September 9, 2012.

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