Convener: Lenore Grenoble, The University of Chicago


The vitality of Arctic languages today varies greatly, and can change rapidly. Knowledge of language is intimately linked to well-being, including both cultural well-being and mental health. This session takes special focus on the indigenous languages of the Russia’s North, Siberia and Far East. The session addresses core issues of culture and traditional knowledge through the lens of language, and a wide array of methods to build capacity among indigenous peoples, ranging from traditional school-based education to the use of media and social media.