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A Breath of Life for Natchez, Osage, and Otoe

mathias | June 6, 2011

Natchez, a Muskogean language of Louisiana, has been sleeping since the last two fluent speakers, Watt Sam and Nancy Raven, died in the 1930s. Today, only 6 of 10,000 enrolled Natchez can speak it, now located in Oklahoma. Fortunately, Breath of Life, a joint project of the University of Texas, Arlington and the University of [...]

What’s in a Name? Be Careful in Using PISL

mathias | January 20, 2011

Our previous post was about people using Plains Indian Sign Language after learning it from books and videos. At least one of these signers, Ron Garitson, was considered fluent by modern native Cheyenne PISL signers at the 2010 Plains Indian Sign Language Conference. Ron had practiced his PISL with modern native Crow signers, native Assiniboine [...]

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