About

Nuu-waa-ghii~-li~ shu' dv-ghee nay-srii-ghit-'a:

Nuu-da'-ye' xaa-maa naa-daa-ghitlh-nvsh;
Nuu-waa-tr’vslh-a~ shu'-nee-ghitlh-'i~;
Nuu-hii-du’-waa-te 'aa-ghitlh-sri.

Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation Mission Statement:

Honoring Our Past;
Serving Our Tribal Family;
And Controlling Our Future.

 

Waa-tr'vslh-'a~ (Culture) Department

With a strong sense of purpose the Waa-tr'vslh-'a~ Department commits to empowering, protecting, honoring and perpetuating our Tolowa Dee-ni' heritage, language and spirituality as a means to remaining a strong, living indigenous people. We effectively nourish our tribal wisdom with a deepened connection to embrace our original values.

 

Wee-ya' (Language) Program

The Wee-ya' Program aims to restore the Tolowa Dee-ni' language to a thriving, viable, spoken language through the creation and expansion of speech communities for the assurance of its future and continual use in all aspects of our community's daily life.

In order to achieve the goal of creating and expanding speech communities the Wee-ya’ Staff have a number of activities and programs aimed at reaching this goal, including:

  • Community Language Classes
  • High School Language Classes
  • Working with our Tribal Head Start
  • Mee-ne'-dvn (Home Place) – Language in the Home Program
  • NDN-tivities (Culture Classes)
  • Tolowa Dee-ni' iOS App
  • Curriculum development
  • Collaborating with local agencies to promote awareness and use of Tolowa Dee-ni' wee-ya'

In order to promote language use, the themes of our curriculum often focuses on language that can be used everyday. By focusing on language that can be used in the kitchen, dining room, living room or other areas of the home, we intend to give language learners the skills and abilities to use the language outside of the classroom environment. Other themes we focus on include: cultural activities, stories, geographical locations and cultural awareness.

 

Wee-ya’ Committee

The Wee-ya’ Committee consists of 7 Tribal Citizens working together to advise the Wee-ya’ Program on its vision, planning and implementation of our Wee-ya’ programs and activities.

Loren Me’-lash-ne Bommelyn, Committee Chair

Nicol Nik-la Aubrey, Committee Member

Pyuwa Bommelyn, Committee Member

Mendy Hinshaw, Committee Member

Andromeda Na'lh-nii-tr'e'-sdvm Lopez, Committee Member

Scott Ch'vs-naa-ne Sullivan, Committee Member

 

Wee-ya’ Staff

Pyuwa Bommelyn
Waa-tr’vslh-’a~ (Culture) Department Director
pyuwa.bommelyn@tolowa.com

Guylish Bommelyn
Wee-ya’ Mee-xwvtlh-yaa~-ne (Teacher)
guylish.bommelyn@tolowa.com

Cynthia Ford
Wee-ya’ Mee-xwvtlh-yaa~-ne (Teacher)
cynthia.ford@tolowa.com

Amber Gensaw
Waa-tr’vslh-’a~ Admin. Assistant
amber.gensaw@tolowa.com

Kyle Hinshaw
Waa-tr’vslh-’a~ Wee-ya' Specialist
kyle.hinshaw@tolowa.com