The broad survey of native languages provides a unique insight and understanding into the richly diversified cultures, histories and societies of Native North America. This course will in part utilize linguistics and other social science methods in the examination of Native languages. In contemporary times, Native languages play an important role in the development of North American culture and communications, examples; place names and daily usage. Presently, Native people have placed a high priority on the recovery and survival of Native languages. Through the use of the expertise of Native language speakers; survey mapping projects; and applied student language projects, the student will gain a solid knowledge base, greater insight and appreciation of Native languages.