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Language Camp -- 1991
From left, Salome Blackburn and Javo Talks Different participated in the St. Stephen's language and cultural camp, pictured on July 26, 1991. File photo

Language Camp -- 1991

Jul 21, 2013 - Staff

In the final quarter of the 20th century, the tribes of the Wind River Indian Reservation got organized in their efforts to preserve their native languages.

When the Arapaho Language Camp was funded in 1987, 17 students showed up.

Four years later, that number had grown to more than 500.

Student summer camps and similar events were created to preserve the Arapaho language, by introducing it to young people in a fun setting, utilizing live teachers and recorded instruction.

In 1991, a related event took place for the first time at St. Stephen's Indian School. The St. Stephen's Language and Cultural Camp continued the tradition of other language-preservation work and added an extra element of cultural study and leadership training.

That first camp attracted 27 young people.

Photo: From left, Salome Blackburn and Javo Talks Different participated in the St. Stephen's language and cultural camp, pictured on July 26, 1991. File photo

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