Empowering heritage speakers of Native Californian languages is a pillar of acorn.wiki. That’s why the mission of our most important project is just that: to put language documentation into the hands of the speakers.
We have provided iPods to half a dozen native language communities throughout California for the purpose of self-documentation and revitalization.
Each speaker (and participating family members) will be trained on how to properly document their own language, as well as how to edit and upload original content such as stories and informational videos.
We are currently assembling a team of knowledgable Native Californian writers and other experts on Native Californian history, anthropology, linguistics and ecology to join our Wikipedia section dedicated to Native Californian history, culture, knowledge, present and future.
If you or anyone you know would be interested in being a part of this project, please reach out to us by filling out the form here.
Although acorn.wiki is dedicated to providing a secure, online domain where speakers of all Native Californian languages can come together and share knowledge and experiences, we are rooted in creating educational opportunities in the real world. Multilingual Workshops are on-going, year-round events centered on cultural aspects such as health, food, and ecological knowledge combined with native language education.
Due to COVID, we have not been able to do any language workshops for 2020. We are hoping to do outdoor, socially -distanced workshops in the future. In the meantime, we will continue to take care of ourselves and raise funds to make future workshops possible.