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Wopanaak, Cape Cod’s original language being revived

Wampanoag is a group of five tribes who lived in southeastern Massachusetts area in the 1600’s numbering about 12,000. Wopanaak, the Wampanoag language had a slow death due to the domination of white settlers speaking the English language. Now the language is being revived through the ‘Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project’.

Under the project, a dictionary, word games, story books, coloring books have been created and exclusive language immersion camps are being held. The project was started by a tribal member Jessie little doe in 1993 and she was awarded the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant in October 2010. For more information on the subject please visit http://www.barnstablepatriot.com/home2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25921&Itemid=30.

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