Ancestral Languages

Ancestral Languages

Of the 100 or so indigenous languages once spoken in California, at
least half have no speakers and the rest are spoken by a handful of people, giving this state the dubious distinction of being one of the world's greatest cemetery of native languages. This short film examines and celebrates the revitalization of California's tribal languages and chronicles the pioneering activities of linguists, teachers and tribal peoples who have dedicated their energies, efforts and resources to this vital aspect of personal and communal identity.

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Ancestral Languages
  • Ancestral Languages

    Of the 100 or so indigenous languages once spoken in California, at least half have no speakers and the rest are spoken by a handful of people, giving this state the dubious distinction of being one of the world's greatest cemetery of native languages. This short film examines and celebrates the ...