Hocak Language Plan

Nov 1st, 2013 | By | Category: 25-2: Tribal and Behavioral Health
By Patrick Greyhair

Dear Editor,

When the fluent speakers of the tribe learned the language it was at home. This is what must be done for those who want to learn the Hocak language:

Hire ten people who are fluent in reading, writing, and speaking Hocak. Using the computer, get a list of 1,000 of the most commonly used everyday English words. Translate each English word into Hocak. Read the list in both English and Hocak, put it all on CD, and sell it with a booklet. Repeat this same process with the 10,000 most commonly used everyday English words.

Next, take each of the 1,000 most commonly used English words and write a sentence using each word. After each English sentence, give the Hocak translation. Make a recording and put it on CD. Sell as a separate item. Repeat this same process using the 10,000 most common words in sentences.

All or most of the Hocaks will want to buy these recordings to have the learning material in their homes. Indians/Hocaks can have an immersion-type setting with their infants, toddlers, and preschool kids. Young students and adults can have study groups with friends or family.

It must not matter what the cost to fund this is; our language is too important. If this had been done eight or ten years ago, high school and grade school students would all be talking in Hocak today. Fluent speakers must start writing now so in the future the students will read and learn how to use their language in books.

Patrick Greyhair
Winnebago, Nebraska

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