This 81-Year-Old Woman Has Spent Over 7 Years Working To Save Her Tribe's Dying Language
Apr 8, 2015
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee made this film profiling Marie's efforts to preserve and document her language for future generations. The result is a product of Go Project Films, a division of the Global Oneness Project, which specializes in online educational multimedia.
There are very few people in this world who might be able to relate to the feeling of being the last living fluent speaker of a language. Marie Wilcox is one of these few. Marie is the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language, belonging to the Wukchumni tribe, which now has a population of less than 200 people. Marie's tribe is part of the Yokuts tribal group, native to Central California, and is just one of many Native American tribes whose languages are at risk of extinction.