The linguistically related Pai tribes had been meeting among themselves to discuss the issues of language/culture revitalization and maintenance. Through their dialogue, an idea arose to organize a language summit. Although originally designed to meet the needs of the Pai groups, an invitation was put forward to the extended Yuman family.
The attendees of
this first gathering included representatives from the Hualapai, Havasupai,
Yavapai, Maricopa, Mohave, and Quechan tribes. In total, there were around
90 participants. Each tribe provided a presentation about their own community's
language situations, programs, and grass-roots endeavors. On the second
day of the gathering, the attendees divided into smaller groups for round-table
discussions on a variety of relevant issues.
To those who's vision and hard work made the first summit a success, we thank you. Now, we look forward to a second gathering, and call upon others with similar vision and dedication. Our goal is to at least double the number of attendees, with representatives from All Yuman tribes.