November 2019 – Graduate

AIGC Scholar Jermayne Tuckta

Jermayne Tuckta

Warm Springs, OR
Confederated tribes of the warm spring’s reservation
Special Higher Educations Program-Graduate

University of Oregon
Language Teaching Studies
GPA 4.0

Community Service

  • Camp Naimuma (3rd – 6th grade) Drum Making Class (June 2014)
  • Ichishkin Language class, Madras High School (2014-2015)
  • Camp Naimuma (3rd – 6th grade) Ichishkin Class (June 2015)
  • Community Ichishkin Language Class (Adults), Warm Springs OR (Jan – April 2016)
  • Language Bowl Competition: High school (Jan – May 2016)
  • Camp Naimuma (3rd – 6th grade) Tule mat making class (June 2016)
  • Teaching Warm Springs Ichishkin Language at Portland State University, Portland OR
    (Jan 2018 – June 2018/ Jan 2019 – Sept 2019)
  • Gathering Tules and making Tule Mats (adults and children), Warm Springs OR (June 2019 – August 2019)

Bio

I was raised on the Warm Springs Reservation of Central Oregon and born in the neighboring town of Madras Oregon. When I was growing up, I thought I was lucky, because I had the chance to hear my maternal grandmother speak our heritage language with her sisters, and also had the chance to experience our culture and spirituality through my paternal grandmothers side of the family. This has motivated me to work with other fluent speakers of my dialect in my community, and to advance my fluency in the language. Now that both my grandmothers are gone, I only hear my heritage language during ceremonies. I wish to change that and hear my heritage language being spoken amongst my community again and to fully understand my own culture. My efforts, so far, include some community classes that I have offered in Language classes and tule mat classes. One day, I hope to offer so much more to my community and bridge the knowledge of my elders to future speakers so that our language and culture does not become dormant.