Youtube Videos Part II

Here are two more videos that were included in the language program dealing with counting and clans.

The male puppet is dressed in a ribbon shirt and the female puppet is dressed in a calico dress. They are both adorned with beadwork and are both wearing me’me’ or moccasins. These are outfits that would be seen at a Haudenosunee social or gathering and it is interesting how they are appropriated for the creation of this video. If you are familiar with educational programming, the set up of this video with the puppets, the songs, the children, and the visual representations of the numbers seems to follow the same guidelines as many other television outlets. However, the exposure that these young children will now receive because of this video from their dvd player or from YouTube access, will be instrumental in language learning at older ages.

This next video in the series focuses on the clans of the confederacy in the Tuscarora language. This multifaceted video is teaching not only language, but a very important component to the Tuscarora and Haudenosaunee people at large, the clan system. This video can now serve many more people than the children who attend Tuscarora elementary, and can help teach the basic clan structure for those who many not have had the opportunity to learn this history in their families. The reach of Skarù:re’* language and cultural practices has always extended beyond the constructed borders of the US government, but the implementation of the internet may be extending those bounds over international waters to our Maori brothers and sisters.

*Skarù:re’ is the Tuscarora word for Tuscarora. As explained in the second video.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ashley Smith says:

    What is interesting about this project is the attempts to connect various contexts for language learning – that is both Haudenosaunee and American cultural norms, each with complex and interconnected histories – so you get a seseme street-like video with puppets in Haudenosaunee dress that teaches language through discussion of clan systems and the confederacy

    You might consider the role of context in language learning processes – what works and what doesn’t and why? Of course language learning does not exist in a vacuum. What are these videos doing to interact with the various contexts in which the children watching them may play a part?

  2. conceptualizingtuscarora says:

    Thanks for the thoughts, Ashley. I’ll try to keep them in mind!

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