National BoL Module 1 training assists tribal communities in accessing the extensive archival collections at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Anthropological Archives (NAA) of the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and the Library of Congress and in using them for language revitalization. During the two-week hands-on workshop, community members are partnered with a trained linguist, and together navigate Smithsonian and Library of Congress archives and collections, locate and acquire documents, interpret writing systems, and transform archival materials into practical lessons for language learning. Participants will also receive training in the fundamentals of linguistics and the use of archival documentation. National BoL workshops in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017 utilized this model.
Please note that there are currently no planned National Breath of Life module 1 workshops.