Monday, October 26, 2020

Spooky Native storytelling night, and Abenaki language classes

Ndakinna story night

On a dark and scary Friday night this coming Oct. 30, the Ndakinna Education Center is proud to present the Twenty-Second Annual SCARY STORY NIGHT. This evening of spooky Native tales will be hosted by the well-known storytelling trio of Joseph, James, and Jesse Bruchac. Due to Covid-19, this year we will be broadcasting the performance via Zoom.

The evening will be split into two sections. The first performance will focus on stories that may be a bit frightening, but not too scary for smaller children. The second performance will include some truly terrifying tales, including readings from Joseph and James Bruchac’s best known books. Our spooky tales start at 6 p.m. At 7, our scarier stories will start. Click here for more info and to register.

Abenaki language classes

Ndakinna is hosting two Abanaki language classes starting in early November, to be held online:

Beginner’s level: For those looking to learn the basics. During our Beginner’s Guide to Abenaki, students will learn to confidently construct their own basic sentences based on carefully selected models. Each class will begin with a single key word that students will then learn more of the language off of.  Special focus will be given on the imperative form, as well as the incorporation of adjectives and adverbs.  Classes will include games, songs, group activities, and lesson specific worksheets.

This is a 4 week course taking place November 2nd to the 29th at 6-8pm on Monday, 10 am to 12 pm Tuesday, and an open community game night and review period from 6-8pm on Sunday evenings. The class will include a Certificate of Completion for students, and is recommended for anyone wishing to continue on to our Intermediate Course. Click here for more info and to register.

Intermediate level: Our intermediate class is designed to enable the speaker to not only converse in Abenaki, but teach it to others. Each class will build directly off the material introduced in the beginner class,  making it accessible to beginners who are interested in taking both levels at the same time.  Our intermediate course will have a focus on additional inflections and expansions to words and phrases, with a special focus on how to teach the course materials to others. Classes will include games, songs, group activities, and lesson specific worksheets. 

This is a 4 week course taking place November 4th-29th at 6-8 pm on Wednesdays, 10am-12pm Thursday, and a community review and game night on Sunday evenings from 6-8pm. Intermediate Students will have the chance to mentor beginner students during Sunday classes. Upon completion of the course, students will earn a Ndakinna Teaching Certification for the Abenaki Language. Click here for more info and registration.

 

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Eric Jenks is Associate Director of Ndakinna Education Center: https://www.ndakinnacenter.org.




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