A Yakama elder honored for her language preservation and teaching will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Columbia Basin College.
The talk by Virginia Beavert is sponsored by the Columbia River Chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.
Beavert was born in a bear cave where her pregnant mother took refuge during a fierce storm on a hunting trip.
Now she teaches Sahaptin language and culture at the University of Oregon, where she is working toward a doctorate in linguistics.
In 2008, she was given the Ken Hale prize by the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas.
She has an honorary doctorate from the University of Washington.
She will speak at the HUB main stage on the Pasco campus.