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Language: Sahaptin

  • Mar 09, 2012
  • 01:53 AM

Last Fluent Speaker Of Oregon Tribal Language 'Kiksht' Dies

Kristian Foden-Vencil / OPB News
The last fluent speaker of one of Oregon’s tribal languages has died on the Warm Springs Reservation. Gladys Thompson died Wednesday evening at home. She was 97. She was born on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in 1915 and learned Kiksht from her parents. She was also fluent in two other tongues, Ichishkiin which still has dozens of speakers in Warm Springs, and Sahaptin the language of the Columbia Plateau.
  • 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."
  • May 16, 2011
  • 01:47 AM

‘Losing a moment in time’

East Oregonian
Nearly 30 years ago, Cecelia Bearchum went to the Senior Center and asked Walla Walla elders if they’d be willing to record their voices to preserve the language for the children. When she died at the age of 87 on April 18, she still was sharing the language and teaching the children.