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Against the Current

Omaha Reservation – Macy and Walthill, Nebraska, USA – Joined Rising Voices in 2014

omahamentorsOf the 5,000 tribal members of the Umoⁿhoⁿ living in the rural reservation community in Eastern Nebraska, there are less than ten fluent speakers remaining. However, there is growing interest from young people interested in recapturing the language and culture shared by their elders. This project is maximizing the use of citizen media and social networks to engage and encourage young people through training in the creation of short video clips that teaching how to speak common, everyday phrases so that they can continue their discovery of this endangered indigenous language.

A few examples:

Prayer: Wakonda, Thank you for this good day.

Greeting: Female to male greeting

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