Scholars estimate that as many as one of two endangered languages become extinct every couple of weeks throughout the world. K. David Harrison from the Living Tongues Institute states:
When a community loses its language, they really lose their history. They lose their connection to the past. They lose all the wisdom and knowledge that has been accumulated through the centuries about how to live in a sustainable manner on this planet.
As a result of language loss, many Native American communities have instituted language immersion programs and other forms of language revitalization efforts. The Cherokee Nation has instituted Cherokee total immersion programs in order to revitalize their language and pass it on to future generations:
You can also hear more about Doris McLemore in the following video, who at the age of 83 is the last fluent speaker of the Wichita language and is hoping to record the language for future generations.The sound quality in the video initially isn’t very good, but it improves at the video progresses:
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