She’s The Last Person Left Who Can Speak This Language, And She’s Not Letting It Go Without A Fight

80-year-old Marie Wilcox is the last fluent speaker of a language called Wukchumni. Marie is a Native American who is in a fight to save her language from extinction.

Check out Marie’s story…

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Inspiring, right? I especially love how she describes her process, tap-tap-typing every letter of every Wukchumni word to her dictionary.

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It took her 7 years, with the help of her daughter and grandson, to complete the Wukchumni dictionary.

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Despite her not necessarily wanting to teach anyone else the language, she and her daughter Jennifer, now teach weekly Wukchumni classes to members of their tribe. Pretty impressive!

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According to TED-Ed, “Indigenous languages around the world are vanishing at a rapid rate.” For us to further understand the importance of Marie’s dedication to her cause, here are three facts about language that we need to know.

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