The Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community and Arizona State University
Hosts and setting
Arizona State University (ASU) and the O’odham-Piipaash Language Program (OPLP) at the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), one of several federally recognized tribes in the greater Phoenix area, have joined forces to cohost CoLang 2024. Located in the northern Sonoran desert - on the world's unique desert biospeheres - and adjacent to the city of Phoenix, ASU and SRPMIC are close neighbors.
The CoLang 2024 logos and the invitation videos done in both O'odham and Piipaash languages were produced by the Multimedia team of the SRPMIC Cultural Resources Department.
Vision and aspirations for CoLang 2024
CoLang 2024 is an equal collaboration between ASU and SRPMIC. As such, the theme for CoLang 2024 is “Creating Partnerships, Honoring Neighbors, Building Capacity”. To our knowledge, this will be the first co-equal partnership, from day one, between a university and tribal organization in the conceiving, planning, funding, and hosting of an Institute. Indeed, our theme can be seen as a step in the evolution of CoLang, whereby educators, and indigenous community language scholars and activists meet and build their capacities in a setting that was shaped by a truly collaborative vision between a traditional institution of higher learning and a tribal-run language program - one that is facing many of the familiar challenges in documenting and revitalizing their languages that indigenous language communities around the world face. Both organizations bring unique resources, scholars, expertise, and opportunities to the Institute that we believe will make for a special learning experience. An important aspiration of CoLang 2024 is to serve as a model for how such a co-equal enterprise can lead to a productive and sustainable partnership between neighbors, and how institutions such as ASU can honor and serve their neighbors in a meaningful way.