New Champion for Wopanaak

After seeing a video on Jessie Little Doe Baird, Nitana Hicks (Mashpee Wampanoag) became motivated to help her tribe’s language: Wopanaak. Like Little Doe, Nitana Hicks is on route to receive an advanced degree in Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by 2014. Currently 250 families are taking Wopanaak language classes and one seven-year-old is being raised with Wopanaak as her first language. The Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project has already generated course materials and a 3-day immersion camp, and hopes to one day create a children’s television program, an interactive website, a school, and other teaching centers.

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2 Responses to “New Champion for Wopanaak”

  1. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been doing a little research on this. And he actually ordered me lunch because I found it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to discuss this matter here on your blog.

  2. Nitana says:

    Not sure where this information comes from, but… I (Nitana) actually began taking Wôpanâak classes after graduating from college, having been interested for a while. I got my masters degree in linguistics at MIT in 2006 and am currently working toward a PhD in education at Boston College with an expected grad date of 2014.

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