Euchee Yuchi Language Project Inc
The Yuchi Language Project’s transformative vision is to restore the vitality of the Yuchi language and create a sustainable language community where the fullness of the Yuchi worldview can thrive for future generations.
Over the last 26 years, the Yuchi Language Project non-profit has been nurturing breath-to-breath language learning habitats to produce new cohorts of Yuchi speakers. We are excited to report that for the first time in nearly 100 years, parents are raising their babies solely in Yuchi and children are once again speaking Yuchi as their first language!
Our holistic approach to revitalizing the Yuchi language and promoting community wellness consists of four key strategies with the Yuchi Immersion School as our primary investment to develop new first language speakers and continue the legacy of Yuchi educational sovereignty as practiced by our ancestors since time immemorial. In addition, Community Language Programs restore the broader ecosystem of the Yuchi language and provide opportunities for all Yuchi people to connect with their language, culture, and identity. Teacher/Professional Development focuses on transmitting Elder knowledge to second language learners and equipping them to implement the other programs of the Yuchi Language Project. Lastly, we are committed to Indigenous Language Advocacy which raises the prestige of all Indigenous languages through policy, funding, and partnership development in the spirit of reciprocity and self-determination.
Year(s) Awarded: 2022, 2023