Date of Graduation

Spring 5-16-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education (IME)


School of Education



First Advisor

David Donahue


This paper is an autoethnographic study covering my journey to learn my heritage languages, Cheyenne and Arapaho. The purpose of this study is to give a personalized account of what studying my languages means to my Indigenous identity. Between the months of January and April of 2024, I studied my languages daily and documented the process. I then used Brayboy’s TribalCrit as my theoretical framework to elicit themes from my experience, many of which became a personal reflection on how my languages have become a new part of my life. This study also frames my father’s knowledge as essential towards my Indigenous identity, and how learning my languages has given me a new appreciation towards his wisdom.