https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lordofcabanac

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

March 8, 2018

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lingot_Burner

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!

March 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lordofcabanac

Lingot_Burner with Wampanoag or Navajo?

March 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Noyakazi

pretty cool. We should definitely promote a new language, I would love to learn this language

March 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Oh my G-ds YES!

Lrtward, jrikhal, please add this to: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15014194 so we can vote on it!

March 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

Done! (Thx to jrikhal for letting me know about this discussion)

March 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Thank you!

March 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lordofcabanac

Thank you!

March 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brad150494

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.

March 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim941143

And you come across people on a daily basis that speak Klingon or High Valyrian?

November 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Frank_Pisaturo

I vote yes! (Rhode Islander interested in preserving local languages)

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ethnocontinuo

We desperately need more indigenous languages on Duolingo! Let's make this happen.

October 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Noabji

Sure, I would love too, however, would it be that helpful? I live in Massachusetts and I have never heard anyone speak that language

March 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lordofcabanac

I live in Mass too, but I think that was my point.

March 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alex431187

awsome

July 18, 2018
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