Monterey is called The Language Capital of the US due to the presence of the Defense Language Institute, Naval Postgraduate School and Monterey Institute of International Studies. Despite this wealth of expertise, there is not a Celtic language presence. The Monterey Scots Games are an excellent opportunity to present an endangered language to a population that has a vested interest in language learning.
As most of the Celtic languages are endangered, it is essential to make exposure to the language a larger part of the festival experience. I will have a booth at the Festival entitled Gaelic Language and Culture Center. Personal interaction and a variety of take-home learning tools will be available.