I:MIG LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Many Indigenous languages throughout the world are endangered or in peril of going extinct. The O'odham language, though still spoken by many Elders and some young people, is one of those languages. NAAF was created to meet the needs of the GuVo and Tohono O'odham communities, including the preservation and documentation of the O'odham language, with a focus on the dialects of the western districts. To that end, NAAF has begun work on the I:mig Project, which will not only preserve and document the language but will also provide immersion lessons for the community, in NAAF's After-School, Early Education, Summer Adventure Programs and beyond.
Want to learn O'odham words with NAAF's
Senior Director of Programs and Tribal Relations, Selina Jesus?
TRADITIONAL O'ODHAM CRAFTS
Our programs, including the annual Summer Immersion Camp, feature guest instructors from throughout the Tohono O'odham Nation teaching traditional arts of ha'a (pottery), Ṣawku:ḍ (gourd rattles), and basket weaving.