A group of language keepers presents at a gathering of the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival.
Photo by Scott Braley

Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival

Topanga, CA

Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS) assists California Native communities and individuals in keeping their languages alive, with a focus on developing new speakers. Established in 1992, AICLS has had a tremendous impact in the field of language revitalization around the world, inspiring the use of the Master-Apprentice model and more. AICLS strongly believes that Native languages, when spoken (and revitalized), have a profound healing effect on the individual, the family, and community. Their biennial Language is Life gathering brings together hundreds of individuals and families from throughout the state to learn and share insights about Native language revitalization.

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Marie Wilcox, Wukchumni elder, works on a dictionary for her endangered language

Language Keepers

Emergence Magazine partnered with Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival on this multimedia experience, featuring four communities who are revitalizing their languages.