Patwin Language Program

Since 2008, Leland Kinter has been teaching the Patwin language to his students at Yocha Dehe Wintun Academy. The classes started with one elementary class a week and have grown to include preschool, kindergarten, middle school and high school classes. In addition to conversational language, Leland uses a mixture of learning through games, intensive grammar and culturally specific topics for lessons. Everyday conversation focuses on making Patwin language relevant.

Bertha Mitchell, a fluent Patwin speaker, has been teaching adult classes at Tewe Kewe since 2007. Her knowledge forms the backbone of all of the language work. Her classes are recorded, edited and added to the iTunes database and to the Patwin language website. The language from her class is used to build the curriculum for Leland’s classes.