The endangered Washo language is the subject of a new class offered to students for the upcoming spring semester at Western Nevada College in Carson City.
Laura Smith-Fillmore will serve as the instructor for Washo Language and Culture, which meets Mondays and Wednesdays starting Feb. 11 in Bently Hall on the Douglas campus.
The class is part of WNCâ€™s Continuing Education offerings for the spring. Areas of instruction are an introduction to conversational Washo, the writing system and life ways, including songs, hand games, traditional storytelling and the ecology of the homeland.
Since dropping to 20 elderly speakers of Washo in the past decade, there has been an effort to revitalize the number of speakers of the language indigenous to California.
The Native American language is spoken predominantly in an area near Lake Tahoe and extends from Honey Lake in northeastern California to the Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles.
For more information or to register for the class, go to www.campusce.net/wnc/course/course.aspx?catId=107.