Crystal Starr was invited in January to speak at her local TEDx McMinnville.
Crystal shares her personal story of language revitalization for Chinuk Wawa.
“This is dedicated to each person who watches this now & in the future. I faced my fears of getting in stage in front of a 300+ audience to speak my truth. My partner David Fullerton said he was nervous for me on stage😆 But supported me through the process. In our time together he's always believed in me, even when I didn't. David is a crucial part of where I'm at today because of his love hayu masi.
Remember to always speak your truth because you are worth listening to.” -Crystal Starr
In this talk Crystal Starr Szczepanski teaches us about one of the traditional indigenous languages of the pacific northwest. She shares her personal journey in helping revitalize and heal chinuk wawa.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
About Crystal Star Szczepanski
Crystal Starr Szczepanski is Athabaskan, Yupik and Colville. She has worked for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde since 1997. Crystal is a certified teacher of Chinuk Wawa and an advocate for all Indigenous languages. She believes in strongly advocating for any native language and culture. “When we hear our children speak, that is when we hear our ancestors.” – https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/27484
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