I don’t mean to present this article in a very alarmist mode, but there’s really no other way to do it. I don’t think I have much of a choice. You see, the Nuxalk language, as beautiful and as compelling as it is, suffers from the same problems as other Native American languages. It really all boils down to whether the younger generation would be receptive to this language.
To keep it alive, the best strategy is to write it down and compose kid-friendly literature in the Nuxalk language. In other words, nurture them from an early age, or from day zero not only to appreciate their language, but actually to use it as part of their daily activities as well. The more rooted it is in day to day activities, the higher the likelihood that people won’t forget it. This doesn’t necessarily mean that people would speak it fluently, but we would take whatever we can get. Considering the huge amount of threat native languages is under, that is quite a victory.
Speak it. Write it. Convert it into many different media forms. There are just so many ways to keep our mother tongue alive. The key is to foster a very encouraging environment so people from all over the world can share the same resources and encourage each other to keep our common bond alive. You have a role to play. Visit our site and keep coming back to keep abreast of news and views and other resources and references.