Apr 25, 2022

Watch a fascinating presentation on how an American Indian people are trying to rescue and preserve their native language. 

Halay Turning Heart, a formally-trained tribal language preservationist for the Yuchi people, spoke with the EPAUMC Committee on Native American Ministries (CoNAM), on Sunday, April 3, at its annual Spring gathering. Speaking on Zoom, she shared her family’s story about working to restore their native language. Her multimedia presentation was recorded and is now available for viewing and sharing with others.

Turning Heart, who has a linguistics degree from Dartmouth College, created a Yuchi language immersion school in 2018 that became a model and now draws visitors from around the world. She is the Grants Administrator & Language Coordinator at Igiugig Village Council and Project Administrator of the Euchee (Yuchi) Language Project.

A lifelong United Methodist, she is a former United Methodist Women’s president at Pickett Chapel in Oklahoma (an historic Yuchi church), and a former member of the UMC’s General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR). Learn more…