Convocation with Anton Treuer
Anton Treuer is Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and Editor of the Oshkaabewis Native Journal, the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language. While most people view English as America’s native tongue, this assumption overlooks the hundreds of languages indigenous to the land before Europeans settled on it. Treuer, one of a growing number of language warriors fighting for the survival of the 150 remaining indigenous languages in America, is leading a revitalized charge to support the Ojibwe language. A member of the Minnesota State Historical Society’s governing board, Treuer was named Guardian of Culture and Lifeways and recipient of the Pathfinder Award by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums. Treuer discusses the close-knit relationship between culture and language, how language loss happens, and how to fight it in his presentation titled “The Language Warrior’s Manifesto: How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds”.