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Wukchumni

Episode four of a six-part audio series exploring the struggle for Indigenous language survival in California.
Length: 27 min.
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Episode Four brings us to the home of Marie Wilcox—the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the creator of the only Wukchumni dictionary. Younger generations of language learners often rely on both fluent elders and physical resources: Marie’s dictionary has been an inspiration to four generations of her family and to Indigenous communities around the world.

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