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The Struggle to Revive the Lost Native Language of Thanksgiving
Atlas Obscura ^ | November 22, 2017 | Natasha Frost

Posted on 11/23/2017 12:11:37 PM PST by righttackle44

Just a few decades ago, there were no living speakers of Wampanoag, the native tongue of the Cape Cod–based Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. (Their ancestors famously shared a meal with the Pilgrims, 400 years ago.) Then, in 1993, Jessie Little Doe Baird, who was then in her 20s, had a series of dreams about her ancestors, she told Yankee magazine. They were speaking to her, but she couldn’t understand them. A prophecy known to the tribe said that their lost language would come back when they were ready for it, revived by the children of those who had broken the language cycle. Baird saw the dreams as a sign.

Glimmers of Wampanoag are still visible in words that made their way into English. From its pohpokun, there is pumpkin. Moccasin comes from mahkus, skunk from sukok, and Massachusetts from masachoosut (“the place of the foothill”). But the wider language had been lost.

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TOPICS: Education; History; Politics
KEYWORDS: epigraphyandlanguage; indiantribe; linguistics; ohsomysteriouso; scholarship; thanksgiving; wampanoags
Getting tired of listening to Rush's angry Thanksgiving tirade, so here's a different thought on our America Thanksgiving heritage.
1 posted on 11/23/2017 12:11:37 PM PST by righttackle44
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To: righttackle44

“our America Thanksgiving heritage”

pumpkin - Wiktionary:
From Middle French pompon, from Latin, from Ancient Greek “large melon”), from“ripe”, from“ripen”). Suffixed with the now obsolete -kin.

Our “Middle French Thanksgiving heritage”, maybe. Just so much more PC revisionism - pass.


2 posted on 11/23/2017 12:25:16 PM PST by LouieFisk
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To: righttackle44; windcliff; stylecouncilor

Thanks, r. Very interesting.

w & s ping....


3 posted on 11/23/2017 12:25:52 PM PST by onedoug
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To: righttackle44

I read or saw somewhere that there is only one native speaker of Euchee left in the world. He lives in Oklahoma.

It was once a large tribe.


4 posted on 11/23/2017 12:28:13 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8:38-39, For I am persuaded.)
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To: righttackle44
Lost Native Language of Thanksgiving

Latin? Aramaic? Hebrew? Greek?

5 posted on 11/23/2017 12:31:45 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Benedict McCain is the worst traitor ever to wear the uniform of the US military.)
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To: righttackle44
The language spoken at the first Thanksgiving was Spanish, with Latin being used for the worship service.
6 posted on 11/23/2017 12:45:29 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: righttackle44

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Massive BS!
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7 posted on 11/23/2017 12:49:55 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Fiji Hill

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Nonsense!
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8 posted on 11/23/2017 12:51:24 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: yarddog

The last native speaker of Manx died in our lifetimes.

I doubt Massasoit would understand a single word that Ms. Baird speaks, but with effort, they might learn to understand one-another.


9 posted on 11/23/2017 1:29:44 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Psephomancers for Hillary!)
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To: editor-surveyor

Actually, it was Swedish.


10 posted on 11/23/2017 1:42:47 PM PST by MNDude (God is not a Republican, but Satan is certainly a Democratt)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

He would probably think that she has a very odd accent.


11 posted on 11/23/2017 4:27:30 PM PST by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: ClearCase_guy

You didn’t read the article, did you?


12 posted on 11/24/2017 9:52:17 AM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: editor-surveyor
Please point out both the massive and bs portions of the article.

We're waiting.
13 posted on 11/24/2017 9:53:12 AM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: righttackle44

Nice to read something positive about Native American culture. From my vantage point, we have no reason to apologize for the wars that won this land; however, the generational depredations of welfare must sicken any honorable culture. Government “benevolence” forges stronger chains than chattel slavery could imagine.


14 posted on 11/24/2017 10:14:52 AM PST by antidisestablishment ( Xenophobia is the only sane response to multiculturalism’s irrational cultural exuberance)
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To: righttackle44

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This is 100% BS.
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15 posted on 11/24/2017 10:28:17 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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