In the U.S., more than 130 Native American languages are endangered, and some are spoken by only a handful of people. Marie Wilcox is the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language.
At 81 years old, the great-grandmother is one of only 200 Wukchumni left living in the San Joaquin Valley of California and has taken it upon herself to revive the language.
Marie, Jennifer, and Donovan can all be seen in a short documentary film Marie’s Dictionary, from the Global Oneness Project.
“I’m uncertain about my language and who wants to keep it alive,” she said. “It seems weird that I am the last one and it will just be gone one of these days, maybe, I don’t know. It might go on and on.”
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