Marie’s Dictionary

Stirring story of Marie Wilcox, last surviving speaker of Wukchumni, who took it upon herself to document the language she spoke as a child and attempt to keep it alive for future generations. The short documentary film tells of her compiling a dictionary, including oral recordings of traditional parable tales to preserve the memory of the culture, and make it easier for new learners.

https://soundcloud.com/nationalgeographicradio/preserving-a-dying-language

[via NYT]

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