“If we don't use the language, who will?”: One intercultural bilingual educator’s trajectory in Indigenous language revitalization

Authors

  • Nancy H. Hornberger Universidad de Pensilvania

Abstract

Drawing from my long-term ethnographic research in the Andes, this paper examines one Quechua-speaking Indigenous bilingual educator's trajectory as she traversed (and traverses) from rural highland communities of southern Peru through development as teacher, teacher educator, researcher, and Quechua advocate. Drawing on my ethnographic research at PROEIB during 2005 and on Neri Mamani's life trajectory, I analyze her narrative as it emerged in a 4-hour interview with me. I argue that Neri and her peers' recognizing, valorizing, and studying the multiple and mobile linguistic, cultural, and intercultural resources at play in their own and others' professional practices around bilingual intercultural education enable them to co-construct an Indigenous identity that challenges deep-seated social inequalities in their Andean world.

Keywords

Bilingual Intercultural Education, Ethnography, Indigenous identity, Perú, Teacher education

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Author Biography

Nancy H. Hornberger, Universidad de Pensilvania

Nancy H. Hornberger, Professor Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania, researches multilingual education, language policy and language revitlization internationally, specializing in Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee contexts.

Published

31-03-2022

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