Immersed in the Umatilla
By NATALIE WHEELER
October 1, 2013
Four hours every weekday morning, 10 toddlers at Tamalúut Immersion School dive into the Umatilla language.
Tamalúut means just that — to immerse in water. Some of the three- to five-year olds cling to the edge, talking back to the language teachers in English, while a few jump into Umatilla and chat away with peers.
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation school is designed around accelerated language acquisition, said Tamalúut teacher Modesta Minthorn-Wolahts, who wrote the grant to begin the program last year. A similar program began in Hawaii, and was later adopted for Native American languages in Montana and Wyoming.
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