NIWRC is collecting Native language words for our resource materials & we want to include yours!

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Languages represented in the project thus far include: Abenaki-Penobscot, Aleut, Alutiiq, Arapaho, Arikara, Assiniboine, Biloxi, Caddo, Catawba, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Chinuk Wawa, Dakota, Hawaiian, Hupa, Inupiaq, Iowa-Otoe-Missouria, Kalispel, Karuk, Kiowa, Klallam, Lakota, Lenape, Maliseet, Makah, Mi’kmaq, Miami, Mohegan-Pequot, Navajo, Ohlone, Ojibwe, Omaha-Ponca, Oneida, Pawnee, Plains Cree, Quapaw, Sauk, Seminole, Shoshone, Siletz, Tonkawa, Washoe, Yakama, Yaqui, & Yurok.

Do you know your language’s words for love, honor, sacred, or respect? If so, please submit your information to our survey here! Alternatively, if you know of someone—an elder, linguist, or fellow tribal member—who might know some of these words, please pass the survey on to them.

We understand that some Native languages don’t have words that translate directly to respect or love. But we also recognize our languages are incredibly expressive, and that there exist various ways to express the meaning behind these words- that something is beautiful or in balance, or that someone is cherished or honored, or that there is good feelings for a person, etc.  
 
We are asking for Native language words for love, honor, sacred, and respect because we believe these to be commonly held traditional values that define both NIWRC’s work and the ways in which women should be treated. We view cultural strength as integral to tribal sovereignty and safety for Native women, and have chosen to use Native languages in our work to honor that. The patterns like the one at right will be used on materials like announcements, brochures, educational pamphlets, our social networking pages, and our website.