Tribal communities partner with MSU to preserve culture and language

Posted at 7:29 AM, Jul 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 09:29:14-04

BOZEMAN – MSU faculty and students from the Education Department and the School of Film and Photography are partnering with the tribal community members to teach them about technical filmmaking and research skills.

They are collaborating to sustain and revitalize the cultural knowledge and language.

A tribal member, Brad Hall began this project and said it is significant that it was started by the tribal community, for the tribal community.

There has been work with elderly people that are the last community members who speak a specific dialectic that is possibly endangered.

“There is that sense of urgency and we really need to do something as a community and not just as the indigenous community but as the community of Montana and beyond to try to revitalize and preserve these languages especially before they are extinct forever,” said Associate Professor of Education at MS, Christine Rogers Stanton, Ph.D.

The project is ongoing and is a continuous learning opportunity for the MSU and tribal community.