Claiming Space: An Autoethnographic Study of Indigenous Graduate Students Engaged in Language Reclamation

Kari A. B. Chew, Nitana Hicks Greendeer, Caitlin Keliiaa


This article explores the critical role of an emerging generation of Indigenous scholars and activists in ensuring the continuity of their endangered heritage languages. Using collaborative autoethnography as a research method, the authors present personal accounts of their pursuit of language reclamation through graduate degree programs. These accounts speak to the importance of access to Indigenous languages and the necessity of space at universities to engage in language reclamation. The authors view higher education as a tool—though one that must be improved—to support Indigenous language reclamation efforts.


Indigenous languages, language reclamation, language revitalization, higher education, collaborative autoethnography

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