Whiwung / About Me
Kayla Begay wholye'. Na:tinixwe awht'e'. Ta'k'imiłdimił, xontah nikya:w na:wha e:y. Dahwilahł-ding siwhday, Na:tinixw siwhday ne'in. A:k'iwilaw-me'ch'ine:ł'e:n-ding nikya:w, Humboldt State University 'ulye hayah k'iwinya'nya:n mixine:whe' wung-whikyun-na'way. Linguistics PhD a:wht'e'.
Kayla Begay is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, with grandparents and great-grandparents also enrolled in the Karuk and Yurok tribes. Begay has received an MA and PhD in Linguistics from University of California, Berkeley, and BA in Linguistics from Stanford University with a minor in Native American studies. She is an Assistant Professor at Humboldt State University in Native American Studies, whose research focuses on the California Dene Language family, namely Hupa and Wailaki. Begay is working towards conversational fluency in the languages of her family heritage, and is also a traditional basket weaver and singer.