Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Last Person on Earth Fluent in Wukchumni

Devoted to preserving her culture

See how Marie Wilcox fights to save her language from disappearing.

"Eighty-two year old Marie Wilcox is the last remaining person on earth fluent in Wukchumni. Tucked away in her San Joaquin Valley home, the determined elder spends her time recording the 3,000-year-old language of her ancestors in her very own dictionary and teaching classes to a handful of tribe members. In the short documentary Marie's Dictionary filmmaker Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee follows Wilcox as she devotes herself to preserving her culture."