Essay about Language, Culture And Tradition

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Language is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as a “system of words or signs that people use to express thoughts and feelings to each other” (Merriam-Webster). But language is more than that, language is a vessel that carries culture, spirituality, knowledge and wisdom, it connects humanity to the past therefore bringing an overall community essence to all those who speak it. As a result of this deep connection to language that humanity shares, when language is taken through assimilation it leaves a hole in a community. Indeed it leaves a hole in our collective knowledge and wisdom when the nuanced collective learning of an entire community is lost. The connection between culture and language is inseparable, a strong tie between the two, so much so that if culture is disparaged so is the language, and vice versa. It creates a disconnect between culture and communication. Elder Pat Etherington Sr from Moose Cree First Nation spoke of the importance of language on October 14th 2015, explaining the importance language carries in regards to culture and tradition (Etherington). One case study of language loss and language revitalization is the Anishinaabemowin. Throughout Anishinaabeg territory, various steps are being taken to revitalize language throughout. It is evident that as Anishinaabemowin makes its resurgence so does Anishinaabe culture. Resurgence takes place under three major categories, they include: public education, within Anishinaabe communities, and strives…

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