Marie Wilcox, a member of the Wukchumni tribe, wrote an entire dictionary on the language of her people.

Marie Wilcox has made preserving the Wukchumni language her mission. She has spent more than seven years working on the dictionary. The language is now being taught to tribe members at a local career centre, yet the language still struggles to gain traction and move beyond an elementary level. Through her hard work, Marie hopes that her dictionary will support the revitalisation of the Wukchumni language for future generations.

Now, Marie and her daughter teach weekly Wukchumni language classes to members of their tribe to help keep the language revitalised.

It seems like such a strange and nearly impossible concept, but by the year of 2100 most languages will be lost.

The story of Marie can be seen in a short documentary film ‘Marie’s Dictionary’, from the Global Oneness Project. : [x]


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People like her make me happy and sad at the same time; trying their darndest to prevent their culture from fading out of existence