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Language: Nez Perce

  • Mar 03, 2012
  • 12:51 PM

NW tribes strive to save disappearing languages (video)

Crystal Price / KVAL
EUGENE, Ore. - Virginia Beavert grew up in a little village just down the road from Yakima, Wash. Beavert did not go to government school. However, the Yakama native did learned to speak several different languages while growing up. "My first language was Nez Perce," Beavert said. "My father was from Umatilla, and I learned his language. My mother spoke Yakama, so I learned that, too."
  • Apr 19, 2011
  • 01:13 AM

What's the Native American Man Saying in "Meek's Cutoff"?

Nina Shen Rastogi / Slate
According to linguist Phillip Cash Cash, there are only about three people in the world who speak downriver Nez Perce, the language a Cayuse of the time would most likely have spoken. (According to Cash Cash, there are fewer than 30 living speakers of upriver Nez Perce, a mutually intelligible dialect.)

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