Darrel Kipp, Encouragement, Guidance, Insights, and Lessons Learned for Native Language Activists Developing Their Own Tribal Language Programs.
Rule 1: Never Ask Permission, Never Beg to Save the Language. Never Beg.
Rule 2: Don’t Debate the Issues. Don’t let anyone debate you. Don’t let them start in on you. Don’t let them even start.
Rule 3: Be Very Action-Oriented; Just Act.
Rule 4: Show, Don’t Tell. Don’t talk about what you will do. Do it and show it.
It is not perfection in speaking the Cherokee language that is required. Even the most proficient of speakers have differences in the way they speak from each other. What is required is participation. Participation in speaking it. In reading it. In writing it. In teaching it. If you do not participate, or if you go out of your way to cause others harm who are working hard to keep the language alive, you are only doing the work of those who sent us to the boarding schools. You have become “them”. The foreigners. The conquerors. Those who would remove us. Those who failed. Be counted among those who keep “them” failing. Be not among those who would remove us from this Earth.
Related to the previous discussion for “Going To” is the related idea of doing something when doing another thing. There are three main forms which cover “when he goes he does”, “when he went he did”, and “when he goes he will” which will be shown by example.
To indicate “did will to…” or “did intend to…” use the ending “-ᎡᏐᎢ” on the past tense stem.
Use “Set A” or “Set B” pronouns as the parent verb.
Add the prefix “Ᏹ-” and the Conditional Future suffix “-ᎢᏎᏍᏗ” to the Ꮯompletive Future form. Be careful to follow the same pronunciation pattern as illustrated in “If it should with intent (under the condition of)…”.
Add the prefix “Ᏹ-” and the Conditional Future suffix “-ᎢᏐᎢ” to the Ꮯompletive Future form. Be careful of the pronunciation pattern illustrated with the examples.
Add “Ᏼ-” to the Ꮯompletive Future form.
Add the prefix “Ᏹ-” and the Conditional Future suffix “-ᎢᏎᎢ” to the Ꮯompletive Future form. Be careful to follow the same pronunciation pattern as illustrated in “If it should with intent (under the condition of)…”.