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Native Languages Happy Hour

Posted 03 January 2018

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Join Native language expert Valerie Switzler and dialect coach Mary McDonald-Lewis in conversation. 

Join us for a Happy Hour discussion between Astoria dialect coach Mary McDonald-Lewis and Native language expert Valerie Switzler as they examine the history and background of the Native languages used onstage in Astoria: Part Two, the second installment of the two-part stage adaptation based on the book ASTORIA: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival by adventure and exploration writer Peter Stark. 

Tuesday, January 30

6:30-7:30 p.m.


About Valarie Switzler

As Manager of the Culture and Heritage Language Department for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Valerie Switzler has a Master of Arts degree in Indigenous studies with a concentration on language documentation from the University of Kansas. She also attended Haskell Indian Nations University where she received her bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies and holds an associate’s degree in business. Valerie takes great pride in family being the grandmother of ten grandchildren and having three beautiful daughters as well as one daughter deceased. Valerie has held several positions while working her way toward the position she now holds by starting as a computer programmer and patiently rising through each level. She has strived to make culture and heritage an advantageous place to work. She has supervised the Language Department staff and overseen culture and tradition preservation projects, budgets, and programs over the last 6 years.

Use the code LANGUAGE, good for $10 off tickets for the run of Astoria: Part Two.

*Promotional code valid on seating areas 1-3 only. Not valid on previously purchased tickets, student tickets or in combination with other discounts. Subject to availability.

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