Indigenous Storytelling Event

Submitted by pnm0031 on Tue, 07/30/2019 - 5:06am
International Year of Indigenous Languages
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
  • This event is part of an international Language Party movement; the photo shows a 2018 Language Party held in Oakland, CA
  • Speakers of Indigenous languages tell a story in their language and then in English, followed by a discussion on challenges facing indigenous languages
  • Featured speakers:
    • Sumshot Khular - speaker of Lamkang, a language of northeast India. Sumshot is an activist on women's issues and human rights. Her work with the Lamkang Language Education Committee includes translations of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Sumshot has three master's degrees and will start the Ph.D. program in Philosophy at UNT this fall.
    • Manu Leilani Birkmire - speaker of Hawaiian. Originally from O'ahu Island and is of mixed Hawaiian, Portuguese, German, Scottish, Irish, and Mediterranean descent. Manu has been dancing hula since childhood. After decades of learning, she graduated to Kumu Hula (Hula Master) through a traditional Hawaiian ceremony ('uniki) in 2008. Manu is a cultural practitioner, an activist for Hawaiian lands and sacred places, and teaches and Hula and Hawaiian culture in the DFW area.
    • Lane Barrett - speaker of Cherokee. She is Tsalagi from the nation of Oklahoma. Lane is a student at UNT, active in the Native American Student Association (NASA).
    • Amiso George - speaker of Efik, a Nigerian language. Amiso is a professor of Strategic Communication at TCU.


Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Event open to: 
UNT community
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Department or Sponsor: 
Department of Anthropology
Contact Name: 
Christina Wasson
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Expected Attendance: 
Not Applicable