The BBC recently reported that a new study has “found that minority languages in the most developed parts of the world, including North America, Europe and Australia, are most at threat” of extinction.
In North America, the Native American tribal languages are certainly at risk. According to UNESCO, there are 139 Native American languages and that more than 70 of these languages could die off completely within five years if immediate efforts aren’t made to preserve them.
Why do we care? Because language is part of the tapestry that is culture. Watch this tender and moving story of Marie’s determination to save Wukchumni.