Events

2024 Yesà Language & Lifeways Immersion Gathering

Annual Yesá Intertribal Language & Culture Gathering 

This event will take place from July 11-14, 2024 at Virginia Tech. 

The gathering will feature 4 days of experiential language learning through an interactive and immersive approach that integrates history, culture, storytelling and traditional food and lifeways.

The gathering structure will generally follow the below format:

This is a family friendly event: all ages are welcome to participate. Language-focused youth programs and childcare will be available for youth 13 and under.

Registration is now closed. If you have any questions, please email ddhunter@landberry.org 

This event is FREE for Yesàh community members . Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants. Please check back for updates

Conference Agenda 

check back for updates, schedule is subject to change. 

Thursday, July 11, 2024 

Morning Welcome and Introductions session 10am - 12pm 

Lunch (Provided)  12-1pm 

Afternoon session 1-4 pm 

Evening Sessions 6-8pm 


Friday, July 12, 2024

Breakfast (provided)  8-9am 

Morning Session 9 - 12pm 

Lunch (Provided)  12-1pm 

Afternoon session 1pm -  4pm  

Evening Session 6-8pm 


Saturday, July 13, 2024

Breakfast (provided)  8-9 am 

Morning Session 9 am - 12am 

Lunch (Provided)  12-1pm 

Afternoon session 1pm -  4pm  

Evening Session 6-8pm 


Sunday, July 14, 2024

Breakfast (provided)  8-9am 

Morning Session 9 am - 12am 

Afternoon session 12pm -  4pm  


Accommodations

We recommend booking your hotel as soon as possible. Our host hotel is the Inn at Virginia Tech, which is located on-campus and has offered our language gathering participants a discounted room rate. See below for a full list of options and instructions. 

The Inn at Virginia Tech* (host hotel): In order to receive the discounted room rate, reservations must be made using the following link (Summer Language Program) or telephoned directly to the Hotel Reservations Department at (540) 231-8000. Callers must identify their affiliation with the "Summer Language Program." Rates cannot be altered or changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their affiliation at the time the reservation is made.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Blacksburg - University Area (an IHG Hotel)

Residence Inn Blacksburg- University*

Hyatt Place Blacksburg/University 

*accepts service and emotional support animals


For those flying into Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA), we recommend using the SmartWays shuttle bus ($4 each way, $2 reduced fare for those that qualify) that transports from the airport to the Virginia Tech campus and other areas in Blacksburg. 


For those flying into Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA), we recommend using the SmartWays shuttle bus ($4 each way, $2 reduced fare for those that qualify) that transports from the airport to the Virginia Tech campus and other areas in Blacksburg.