Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal
Community & Government Center
483 Great Neck Road South
Mashpee, MA 02649
508-477-0208 ext. 168 (Director) ext. 195 (Language Teachers)

 

Jessie Baird - Tribal Council Liaison

Email: Jessie.Baird@mwtribe-nsn.gov

 


Jennifer Weston - Director 

Email: Jennifer.Weston@mwtribe-gov

 

Department Overview:

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Language Department was established in cooperation with the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project (WLRP) by Council Ordinance 2009-ORD-005 on June 10, 2009 to recognize the role of language as “central to the protection of the customs, culture, and spiritual well-being of the people,” and to acknowledge the “critical state of the newly reclaimed Wampanoag language, and the need to secure its survival for the benefit of future generations.” The Tribal Council reaffirmed its commitment to language revitalization in resolution 2011-RES-025 to recognize the inherent “birth right of each Wampanoag child adult to speak his or her language given by Creator”, and the decades of work by WLRP to return language home to Wampanoag families.

 

For a list of current language classes visit http://www.wlrp.org/class-schedules-locations.html

 

 

Services Provided by WLRP/MWT Language Department

~ Provide year round family and elders language classes and curriculum development. For a list of current classes visit http://www.wlrp.org

~ Instruct weekly language enrichment blocks at the Coombs School and for the Neekun After School Program

~ Provide translation and language services for MWT departments on request

~ Implement summer language and culture based programming for tribal youth

~ Operate a full-time Wôpanâak Language Nest (Mukayuhsak Weekuw: The Children’s House) for preschool and Kindergarten students while preparing to expand to a Language Immersion School

~ Implement year round language apprentice immersion and grammar training, including twice yearly language exams (oral and written)

~ Maintain a roster of certified staff and contractor community language teachers.

~ Language teacher certification exams (written and practice teaching) are administered every two years

 


 

Language Immersion Preschool and Kindergarten: Mukayuhsak Weekuw (The Children's House)"

With support from the Administration for Native Americans Esther Martinez Initiative, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and other partners, the Language Department hosts the full-day Mukayuhsak Weekuw language nest, offering up to 1,000 annual hours of Wôpanâak language instruction utilizing Montessori pedagogy. The 180 day Mukayuhsak Weekuw calendar (September - June) includes full days in the classroom (8:30am-3:30pm), followed by after school care from 3:30-4:30. Teachers are becoming credentialed through formal Montessori teacher training, and hold a range of educator qualifications, including WLRP language teacher certifications, state Early Childhood Education credentials, and national paraprofessional certifications. Mukayuhsak Weekuw also employes a full–time licensed practical nurse.


To enroll children ages 3-5, tribal households must commit to attending one language class weekly, providing all student lunches and snacks, and volunteering on the Mukayuhsak Weekuw Parent Committee once monthly.


Launched during the 2016-2017 Academic Year for 15 students, Mukauyuhsak Weekuw will admit up to 25 children during the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Future expansion plans include infant – toddler language immersion, and early elementary Montessori Wôpanâak language instruction for ages 6-9. Mukayuhsak Weekuw also offers four weeks of "Baby Turtle" summer care incorporating additional language and culture-based activities and trips for students, during the months of June and July. To fill out a pre-enrollment form visit http:// http://www.wlrp.org/sign-up-form.html

 

 

Department Advisory Boards:


I.  WLRP Memoranda of Understanding with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council, Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal Council, and the Herring Pond and Assonet Wampanoag Councils.
II.  WLRP Language Committee and Board of Directors.
III. Mukayuhsak Weekuw Parent Committee. 

 


For more information about Wôpanâôt8âôk visit WLRP.ORG or call 508.477-0208 ext.168
To see clips from the WLRP documentary “Âs Nutayuneân: We Still Live Here” visit the following sites: 
www.makepeaceproductions.com
www.ourmothertongues.org
www.pbs.org/independentlens/we-still-live-here/