GREAT FALLS – Great Falls College MSU is offering Blackfeet language lessons to anyone who is interested. The lessons are free and open to the public.
The language lessons are held Tuesdays at 6pm in the college’s Native American Enrichment Center inside the college, located at 2100 16th Ave. S. The lessons are taught by Native American studies instructor Don Fish.
Karly Old Person, a peer mentor in the Native American Enrichment Center and enrolled member of the Blackfeet tribe, was excited when Fish asked her if she’d be interested in furthering her knowledge of the Blackfeet language.
“These free classes are offered to the community for those who are interested in grasping and recovering the Blackfeet language,” Old Person said. “It’s a great opportunity to explain our world view through language.”
Sandy Bauman, Director of Academic Success at GFC MSU, hopes the Blackfeet lessons help pass on the language. “It’s really important to keep that cultural awareness alive and keep the language alive,” said Bauman, who oversees the Native American Enrichment Center. Participants do not need to have any knowledge of the Blackfeet language. However, those who do have experience with the language are also welcome to attend. During the lessons, students will be able to use iPads equipped with an app designed to teach users the language. The lessons will start with basic words and concepts and advance from there.
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