Haíɫzaqvḷa Revitalization

Prenatal Project

H̓aíx’us Buíxvs Ǧṇṃ́
Beautiful Pregnant Woman

H̓aíx’us Buíxvs Ǧṇṃ́ is a Prenatal Project that creates opportunities for families to learn with their x̌vṇúkv’u, beloved baby while still in the womb.

Currently, the H̓aíx’us Buíxvs Ǧṇṃ́ – Beautiful Pregnant Woman has three (3) expecting families, using belly buds; with at least one of the parents of haíɫzaqv decent, participating and introducing haíɫzaqvḷa to the baby in the womb.

According to research:

  • a baby’s hearing develops at 20 weeks
  • memories begin at 30
  • hearing will be one of the first senses
  • research also shows that a baby will remember voices and music they heard while in the womb
  • the baby will be comforted by those same familiar sounds during infancy and beyond.

Hence the need to introduce the baby yet unborn to haíɫzaqvḷa while in the womb.

To ensure the baby is introduced to all 60 sounds the baby will listen to the haíɫzaqvḷa recordings of authentic haíɫzaqvḷa fluent speakers.

The baby will also be introduced to haíɫzaqv ceremonial songs, celebration songs and rhythm/rhyme songs. One of haíɫzaqv revitalization goals is to create language families; so, the parents are encouraged to utilize the haíɫzaqvḷa home kits, introductory haíɫzaqvḷa books, I Movie tutorials and haíɫzaqvḷa archives on First Voices language app. The parents also have an option to participate in evening language sessions, available to parents up too 4 times a month to learn haíɫzaqv songs, rhythm/rhyme songs in haíɫzaqvḷa.

To track progress, parents are required to do keep a journal of activates and meet with Haíɫzaqvḷa Revitalization Assistant Manager: Lorena White once a month.

Haíɫzaqv Pre & Post Natal Project: Language Learning with Gwa'ni 

Join Q̓átuw̓as, Gwa’ni, & Steven Smith as they participate in the Haíɫzaqvḷa Revitalization Program “H̓aíx’us Buíxvs Ǧṇṃ́ – Beautiful Pregnant Woman,” a pre and post-natal initiative dedicated to nurturing our babies from the womb to their first year.

Did you know that hearing begins in the womb at 20 weeks? Research suggests that babies remember voices and music they hear during this time. In Haíɫzaqv culture, it’s believed that a x̌vṇúxv’u (dear baby) experiences what the h̓búkv (mother) feels & hears everything we hear, underscoring the importance of nurturing both mother and child.

The Haíɫzaqv Nation is committed to ensuring that our sásṃ̓ṇix̌v (young children) have the opportunity to be immersed in all 60 Haíɫzaqvḷa sounds before birth and during their crucial first year of life.

We invite you to watch this video, hoping it will inspire and assist others embarking on their Indigenous language journey, whether in the womb or during the early stages of life.

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