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Language: Wampanoag

  • Dec 27, 2011
  • 10:51 AM

Achievements Abound for Native American Languages in 2011

Indian Country Today Media
Even though statistics say Native American languages are endangered and the U.S. Census says there are less than half a million speakers of Native languages in the country, there were a number of advancements in language revitalization and preservation throughout the year, a sampling of those are noted here:
  • Nov 25, 2011
  • 02:34 PM

A Language Comes Home for Thanksgiving

Nataly Kelly / Huffington Post
Like many children, Mae Alice Baird can sing a song, play a game, or tell a story. The difference is that she can do it in Wampanoag (Wôpanâak). If the name of this language sounds vaguely familiar to you, chances are that you heard about it at some point in history class, probably around this time of year. It was spoken by Native Americans back when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth.
  • Nov 16, 2011
  • 11:59 AM

Baird gives a new voice to Wampanoag

Tenley Woodman / Boston Herald
...The story follows Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project founder Jessie Little Doe Baird and her work resurrecting the language after 150 years of dormancy. A remarkable collection of documents from the 17th and 18th centuries written in Wampanoag — in-cluding the King James Bible — helped Baird and a team of top MIT linguists piece the language back together.
  • Aug 26, 2011
  • 12:25 PM

Cape Cod’s first language is spoken again

Ellen Chahey
...Ironically, the very method that the settlers used against the natives has become a tool for the reclamation. Court documents use written Wampanoag language, and those records allow scholars of the language to deduce rules of grammar and vocabulary.
  • Aug 01, 2011
  • 10:15 AM

A gift of gab

Jessie Little Doe Baird / Boston Globe
Through a federal grant, we’re training apprentices to be fluent speakers. Hopefully in 2015, we’ll open up an elementary school in Mashpee where all the subjects are taught in Wopanaak. Children taught in their indigenous language are better able to cope with the pressures of their community.
  • Jun 21, 2011
  • 11:16 PM

Linguistics Institute to offer free films, workshops at CU-Boulder

CU Boulder News & Events
The University of Colorado Boulder will host the 2011 Linguistics Institute from July 7 to Aug. 2, a prestigious gathering of faculty and students from around the world that also will feature free films, workshops and lectures open to the public.
  • Apr 29, 2011
  • 12:43 AM

Full Frame Film Festival 2011: 'We Still Live Here'

We Still Live Here features a rare instance of language revival. The Wampanoag on Cape Cod (yes, those who greeted the pilgrims) had not had a native speaker of their language for 100 years.