Why Save A Language?
First Aired Sunday, February 25, 2007
Many Americans know little or nothing about the indigenous languages of North America. Through interviews with tribal representatives, young and old, viewers learn historic and contemporary issues, learn how native languages reflect and embody the culture, and hear about why these languages are central to cultural revitalization efforts. This film is less about particular tribes than the subject of indigenous languages of North America in general. Representatives from the following tribes discuss language and issues of language preservation and revitalization: Pikuni, Kainai, Lakota, Osage, Walla Walla, Mandan, Hidatsa, Coeur d'Alene, Wasco, and Klallam. Viewers learn why the preservation and revitalization of these languages are important, not only for Indian people, but for all of us. Produced by Sally Thompson, Continuing Education Regional Learning Project, The University of Montana in Missoula.