Wednesday, November 13

From books to spirit: Keeping the Yaqui language alive


Feb. 1, 2012 – Arturo “Tudy” Tisnado, a third-year American Indian studies student, shares his passionate devotion to revitalizing Yaqui, the language of his Yoeme kin in Arizona. Proud of his traditional Native American identity, Tisnado wears colorful scrunchies to tie his long, sleek pony tail together; a thin mustache neatly paints his upper lip and a colorful beaded necklace hangs around his neck. Since fall quarter, he’s been studying a Yaqui grammar book to learn the indigenous language of his culture to eventually teach it in schools.

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