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  • Feb 18, 2012
  • 12:11 PM

Preserving a native tongue: Tribe works to maintain elders' language (video)

Barbara Curtin / Statesman Journal
GRAND RONDE — A new dictionary, 14 years in the making, will help their elders' words live on for The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. "Chinuk Wawa: As Our Elders Teach Us To Speak It" is the latest effort to revive the language that Northwest tribes used to communicate with each other and with traders. The last native speaker at Grand Ronde died in 2001.

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