Feb. 25: Indigenous Feminism and Language Reclamation with Nitana Hicks Greendeer

February 12, 2021



Dr. Nitana Hicks Greendeer joins us to speak about the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, profiled in the documentary, We Still Live Here. The film tells the story of the cultural revival of the Wampanoag of Southeastern Massachusetts and the return of the Wôpanâak language, silenced for more than a century. 

Founded in 1993 by Jessie Little Doe (pictured here), WLRP did something never done before – resurrect a native language. 

Wôpanâak was the first American Indian language to use an alphabetic writing system, developed by English missionaries in the early 1600s to convert the Wampanoag to Christianity. The first complete bible printed in the "New World" was published in 1663 in Wôpanâak.

Since the film's release in 2010, WLRP has worked to bring the Wôpanâak language to more formalized educational settings, both public and private. Dr. Greendeer will talk about what this journey has been like for her personally, and how it has transformed the Wampanoag community.

Register here, and get the link to view the film.