Skip to comments.The Struggle to Revive the Lost Native Language of Thanksgiving
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 Codbased 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 couldnt 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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“our America Thanksgiving heritage”
pumpkin - Wiktionary:
From Middle French pompon, from Latin, from Ancient Greek large melon), fromripe, fromripen). Suffixed with the now obsolete -kin.
Our “Middle French Thanksgiving heritage”, maybe. Just so much more PC revisionism - pass.
Thanks, r. Very interesting.
w & s ping....
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.
Latin? Aramaic? Hebrew? Greek?
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.
Actually, it was Swedish.
He would probably think that she has a very odd accent.
You didn’t read the article, did you?
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.
This is 100% BS.
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