“Asiiskusiipuw” Munsee Language Revitalization
Ian McCallum, University of Toronto
Mon, 3/27 · 12:00 pm—1:00 pm · Zoom
Program in Translation & Intercultural Communication
Join Ian McCallum, graduate student at the University of Toronto, officer in the Indigenous Education Office for the Ontario Ministry of Education, and member of the Munsee-Delaware First Nation for a virtual lecture about the river that is important to the history of the Munsee people: “Asiiskusiipuw,” “Muddy River,” or “Thames River.”
In the summer of 2021, a group of Munsee-Delaware community members and academics paddled the Thames river, starting from downtown London to the Munsee Delaware Nation. The purpose of the trip was to document Munsee history, language and culture. The group documented plant, bird, animal and insect species to support language revitalization. The trip gave insight into the seasonal practices of the Munsee people and the importance of the location of settlement. Community members also related details about the original settlements, corn fields, the War of 1812, and the importance of the Munsee community as a center in Upper Canada.