I had the pleasure to attend Dr. Beavert's Ph.D defense at 90 years of age. She's been such an inspiration to me and those of us who work with Native American languages. If you have a few dollars to spare, or just curious about what those of us on the front line are doing to preserve our heritage please take a minute and check out her kickstarter!
Here's the quotes that just hit me in the feels...
The 93-year-old wants to record traditional legends in both Sahaptin and English. Sahaptin is a Plateau Penutian language spoken in south-central Washington and northern Oregon by the Yakama people. There are very few fluent speakers of the language remaining, but the University of Washington does have an online dictionary for people to peruse. The dictionary only has the Sahaptin-English portion of the dictionary though. The book is also available on that link.
She also said time is of the essence because she'll be 94 soon and gets tired easily. "It's very important to me to complete this second recording while I still have the strength and determination to do it," she said.
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