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To Wake Up the Nakota Language

Louise BigEagle / Canada / 2017 / 6 ' / English - Nakota / S.T. English

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Official Selection, DOXA Documentary Film Festival

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One of the last fluent Nakota speakers in Pheasant Rump First Nation is commited to revitalizing his language and culture for future generations.

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Across North America, Indigenous languages are at risk of disappearing. “When you don’t know your language or your culture, you don’t know who you are,” says Armand McArthur, one of the last fluent Nakota speakers in Pheasant Rump First Nation, Treaty 4 territory, in southern Saskatchewan. With an eye to the future, this 69-year-old is committed to revitalizing his language for his community and future generations. Reflecting upon the land his ancestors have called home for centuries, he brings that connection to a classroom for people of all ages, who gather to share knowledge, laughter and a way of life.

 

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