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Saving an endangered language


SHERIDAN — Board games, picture books, flashcards and posters — all of these things are now available to Crow children in their native language, when 100 years ago, children were sent to boarding schools and punished for speaking the Apsáalooke language.

The language is endangered, but in 2014, members of the Apsáalooke tribe formed a nonprofit called the Crow Language Consortium and have undertaken a number of initiatives for language revitalization, including documentation and a comprehensive dictionary, development of materials for children, community learning and the first-ever Crow Language Weekend Sept. 19-20, where language learners will have the opportunity to learn vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation, and practice the language with Crow speakers.

Read the full article at The Sheridan Press.

August 24, 2020