This Symposium was held at the Black Oak Casino Resort in Tuolumne, CA on November 3rd – 5th. I was only able to attend Wednesday, but the information and experience was invaluable. I learned about the Miwok language pronunciation and how to count to ten. Catherine Callahan was the keynote speaker and lead the groups in speaking Miwok with proper pronunciation. She has been studying and documenting the Lake Miwok language since 1955, and the dialect is similar to the Northern Sierra Miwok language, as well as the Southern Sierra region language. She published the Miwok Dictionary in several different dialects of Miwok. I was able to get the PDF version so I can learn, and teach my three children, the language and keep it going.
I met some amazing people who are doing amazing work with the language and accessibility to the language. I was grateful for the invitation to attend. I cannot wait to attend next year’s symposium and hear about the accomplishments everyone has achieved in learning the language, as well as share my own.