National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages (National BoL) has been the result of several collaborations including partners such as the Recovering Voices initiative at the Smithsonian Institution, the Myaamia Center at Miami University, the Endangered Language Fund, and more recently the Northwest Indian Language Institute at the University of Oregon. Each partner plays an important role in the development of the institute and the implementation of the current workshops as described below.

Myaamia Center

The Myaamia Center at Miami University currently serves as the institutional home for National BoL. The founding organizers of National BoL approached the Myaamia Center in 2013 seeking to provide an organizational home and long-term stability for the program. Since 2014 the center’s main function in National BoL is to manage grant funds, provide technical development and offer organizational support.

Recovering Voices

The Recovering Voices Progam of Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History has played a critical role in logistical planning and preparing archival materials for the four National BoL 1.0 workshops held in Washington, D.C.

Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI)

The Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI) at the University of Oregon will be organizing and hosting a National BoL 2.0 workshop in the city of Eugene in Summer 2020.

The National Breath of Life Advisory Committee

This committee currently has 7 committee members who maintain the vision of National BoL and guide the workshop participant selection process. The committee consists of individuals who have extensive experience in language revitalization, documentation, and archival use for revitalization.

The current committee consists of:

  • Daryl Baldwin, Director, Myaamia Center at Miami University
  • Robert Elliott, Associate Director and Senior Researcher, Northwest Indian Language Institute, University of Oregon
  • Dr. Leanne Hinton, Emerita Professor of Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley
  • Dr. Mary Linn, Curator of Cultural and Linguistic Revitalization, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution
  • Debbie Morillo, Board Member, Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS)
  • Margaret Noodin, Assistant Professor of English and American Studies, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • Dr. Gabriela Pérez Báez, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon