The story of Native Peoples striving to revitalize their languages.
We learn about the importance of Native languages and cultures in Alaska from a Yup'ik dog musher and a Tlingit carver of wood and metal. The film then takes us to a school in Wisconsin where we hear the story of a seventh grade girl who was recently punished for speaking a few words of the Menominee language.
We learn more about the fight against language loss through visiting a Euchee (Yuchi) immersion school in Oklahoma where only four fluent elder speakers remain. We also meet National Geographic Fellow and Swarthmore College linguistics professor K. David Harrison who introduces us to his innovative online talking dictionaries project for Indigenous languages. Finally, we travel to Montana where Neyooxet Greymorning, an inventive Arapaho professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies, has been perfecting a method to quickly save these disappearing national treasures.
"Language Healers" has been selected to screen in the 4th Annual Garifuna International Film Festival! This is a festival for the preservation of all Indigenous cultures that will be taking place in LA in May.
We have just received notice that our proposal to present Language Healers at SILS 22 was accepted!
The theme of the conference will be "Ourselves Saving Language Saving Ourselves." SILS 22 will be a great opportunity to meet and learn from linguists and language experts from all around the globe who are engaged in revitalizing endangered languages—and we're honored that our film will be a part of the event! The conference will take place June 4, 5 and 6 at the Wind River Hotel and Casino in Riverton, Wyoming.
Read this excellent article from the Huffington Post on saving endangered languages. They mention Language Healers as one of the films that is helping to empower people to take action and rescue languages!
Healers is an official selection of the 10th AlJazeera International
Documentary Film Festival to be held in October 2014! The film was
one of the 161 selected out of over 900 submissions from 110
great big thanks to all of the people who shared their stories and
provided guidance and to those who helped bring this film together!
Your stories about the importance of revitalizing Native languages
are being listened to and celebrated around the world!