The Wick R. Miller Collection Shoshoni Language Project (SLP), directed by Marianna Di Paolo, Department of Anthropology, at the University of Utah strives to preserve Shoshone linguistic and cultural heritage through:

  • Language documentation
  • Revitalization & dissemination of materials

SLP works with communities to document and preserve the Shoshoni language; disseminate learning materials to tribal members and teachers; create curricula and customized materials for various age levels, including bilingual children’s picture books; provide Shoshoni language teacher training; and assist tribal communities with grant preparation focused on language maintenance and revitalization.

SLP began with an NSF grant (#0418351, 2004-07, Mauricio J. Mixco (Principal Investigator) and Di Paolo (co-Investigator)) to preserve the original Wick R. Miller Collection recordings, and continues today with funding from Barrick. (Di Paolo (Principal Investigator)) with a primary focus on providing assistance to the Western Shoshone tribes of eastern Nevada.

In addition to our other activities, we have offered the Shoshone/Goshute Youth Language Apprenticeship Program since 2009, which now has two goals:  (1) to introduce Shoshone high school students (sophomore to graduating seniors level) to a university setting with the ultimate aim of increasing their success in higher education and involving them in Shoshoni language revitalization, and (2) to continue to support young people who have taken part in SYLAP as they move on to college and/or begin to work in their home communities in language or cultural maintenance and revitalization.