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Revitalizing Kutiikiitowaakanun: Our Nanticoke Language

A presentation and conversation with Karelle Hall on September 20

Posted in: Native American and Indigenous Studies

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Please join us for a presentation and conversation with Karelle Hall, a PhD candidate in anthropology and predoctoral fellow at U Penn. As a member of the Nanticoke Indian Tribe, Ms. Hall has been instrumental in helping to revitalize her community’s ancestral language, which has not been spoken in the Delaware River valley and surrounding areas since the mid-1800s. All are welcome at this talk, to learn about the groundbreaking work in Indigenous language revitalization that the Nanticoke community has undertaken!

Karelle Hall is a PhD candidate in anthropology at Rutgers University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in Anthropology with a minor in Native American Studies. Her dissertation research explores embodied and distributed Lenape diasporic sovereignty in public and performative spaces. She has taught classes in both cultural and linguistic anthropology at Rutgers University and has presented her preliminary research at conferences and colloquiums. As a member of the Nanticoke Indian Tribe, she has represented her nation at numerous events as both a speaker and dancer. She is actively working on Nanticoke language revitalization, including writing a children’s book and developing lessons for community classes. Using her experience and connections in the legal field, she assisted the Nanticoke Tribe with ratifying their recognition in the state of Delaware. She continues to work as an activist and representative for her community, promoting visibility, decolonization, and education.

Date and Time: September 20, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Location: SBUS 011

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Maisa Taha.