2023 Yesàh Language & Lifeways Immersion Conference

To register, visit our Facebook page. Registration is FREE for Yesàh community members.

Conference Agenda

**This is a tentative schedule to give participants a general idea of the flow of the program and the workshop times each day. Exact times and activities are subject to change. So please check back for updates. A complete and final agenda with locations will be emailed to all registered participants the week of July 21.**

Friday, July 28, 2023

Language Theme: Opening, Introductions and Storytelling

2pm - Optional meet and greet begins for participants arriving early

3pm - Welcome, introductions, story sharing and garden tour and talk.

6pm - Dinner

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Language Theme: Traditional Food Practices and Lunar Agricultural Calendar

10am - Immersive Language Instruction with Corey Roberts

12pm - Lunch

1pm - Eastern Siouan Traditional Food Practices Talk with Victoria Ferguson

2:30 pm - Revisiting the traditional Yesáh lunar agricultural calendar discussion and activity

4 pm - closing

Sunday, July 30, 2023

Language Theme: NDPonics cultural and historic conservation field trip (foraging, wild plant relatives, traditional plant uses and historic/ cultural connections to Irish Creek Blue Ridge)

8 am - Breakfast

9 am - Leave for site (optional van transporation will be provided)

11 am - Place based learning and Immersive language exploration at field trip site

12 pm - Lunch

1 pm - guided plant walk / forest visit

3 pm - Return

5 pm - Arrive back, program closing

Monday, July 31, 2023

Language Theme: Eastern Siouan Mapping Project

9 am - Breakfast

10am - Immersive Language Instruction with Corey Roberts

12-1pm - Lunch

1 pm - Mapping Lecture and Discussion with Dr. Jessica Taylor and Eastern Siouan Mapping Team

2:30 pm - Breakout group mapping and place names and stories discussion

4pm - closing

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Language Theme: Archeological Visit and Traditional Foodways Exploration

9 am - Breakfast

10am - Immersive Language Instruction with Corey Roberts

12pm - lunch

1 pm - Tour and talk with Dr. Sam Cook followed by Q&A and language integration

2 pm - Breakout group language pods or independent practice with facilitator support.

4pm - closing

Wednesday, Aug, 2

9 am - Breakfast

10 am - Immersive Language Instruction with Corey Roberts

11am - cooking and language demo

12pm - Lunch

1pm - program wrap up and announcements

1:30pm - exit photo, singing & social dancing

2pm - program closing