Colorlines: Documentary follows Wampanoag language effort

"When the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock, it was the Wampanoag of Southern Massachusetts who met them. They are credited in history books with helping the settlers survive in their new surroundings. Yet beyond the Thanksgiving narrative, their story, like the stories of Native people across the continent, is rarely told.

“We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân” is a new film that documents the incredible effort of the Wampanoag cultural revival through language. Beginning in the 1990s, the Mashpee, Aquinnah, Assonet, and Herring Pond Wompanoag communities initiated the Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project after uncovering a trove of documents from the sixteenth century. The documents were written in their native language, which hasn’t been spoken in over a century and a half."

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Today’s Love: Wampanoag Tribe Revives Indigenous Language (Colorlines 11/23)

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