Who Would Want To Learn The Wampanoag(Wôpanâak)Language?
I recently contacted the Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project about a possible new course on Duolingo. While it has few speakers(only starting to be re-learnt about 35 years ago), it has extensive documentation and they also have a school. What do you guys think about a Massachusett(Wampanoag) Language course?
Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project website: http://www.wlrp.org/
Bible published in 1663 in Wampanoag(known as the "Eliot Indian Bible": http://archive.org/details/mamussewunneetup00elio
Information and history of the Wampanoag people: http://www.wampanoagtribe.net/pages/wampanoag_webdocs/history_culture
cool idea SachemMetacomet! problem is, the duolingo moderators still haven't answered my email requesting permission to create a Navajo course on duolingo. If you can do it, i will help as needed!
pretty cool. We should definitely promote a new language, I would love to learn this language
Developing that course would be an extensive undertaking. I bought the DVD about the reclamation project. I was in the audience at the Native American Film Awards in San Francisco when it won an award. My relatives' photos are on the wall at the Aquinnah administration building. Wampanoags have not spoken the language in over 100 years. It might be interesting to have the language documented for posterity, but beyond that, when and where would anyone use it given that only a small handful of tribal members on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard could speak it? Brad in Largo, Florida.
And you come across people on a daily basis that speak Klingon or High Valyrian?
We desperately need more indigenous languages on Duolingo! Let's make this happen.
Sure, I would love too, however, would it be that helpful? I live in Massachusetts and I have never heard anyone speak that language