Toddlers at the Tiny Tots Learning Center, learn the Language from the Project Director/ Language Instructor: Bessie Walker
hipéexnu’. kíi’u núun wisíix.
They will see. This is truly us.
MISSION: To promote protect & revitalize the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) language, & cultural arts of life.
Culture is a lifestyle.
Language is expression.
Forever is in the youth.
There are no more fluent Nimiipuu speakers, who can hold a conversation effortlessly, and continuously.
Since histories powerful leaders, and motivating people have showed us, that "change," happens through the youth. It is no secret, that great things can happen if everyone would invest all their resources in the youth; to become healthy giving and caring humans.
Billions of dollars is granted to language researchers that DO NOT benefit or revitalize Indigenous Languages and Cultures. We, hipeexnu', are not researchers; we are here to serve and invest in our community; at no cost.
Culture is what you do. It's a lifestyle.
The three cultural parts to be used are:
- Learnee's (youth)
(Below) Youth go out on digging ventures. Being out on the land and carefully retrieving traditional foods is a project hipeexnu' would like to do more.
Thanks to Seventh Generation for funding the Digging project below.
Youth - Learnee
Learnees are the youth that will be in Mentee and Apprentice-like positions. Learnee Apprentices will be trained "on the job," guided into learning; and using the dialect in their everyday lives. Learnee Mentees will be there to observe learn and become a speaker.
This mentoring currently takes place at two partner learning centers - Little Roots & the Tiny Tots Learning Centers; both in Lapwai, Idaho. Among the youth and adults that participate, the dialect thrives like never before.
(Below) After students visited and learned a few Nez Perce oral stories, they made masks and re-enacted the characters.
The Niimiipuu Language and Culture is Critically Endangered. Please help us revitalize!