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Native American Language Revival to Be Explored

October 19, 2011

The story of the renewal of a Native American language that was lost for more than a century will be previewed at MPTV Community Cinema Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive.

The documentary, `AS NUTAYUNEAN': We Still Live Here, chronicles the return of the Wampanoag language--the first time a language with no native speakers has been revived in an American Indian community.

The tongue, which was spoken by the Native Americans who saved the Pilgrims from starvation, disappeared over time, according to the film by director Anne Makepeace. Eventually, many Americans thought the Wampanoag nation had vanished.

`AS NUTAYUNEAN' means "we still live here" and is an affirmation that the Indian community as well as its language survives.

An open discussion will follow the presentation. Panelists will be Diane Amour, American Indian Student Advisor at UWM and Indian Community School board member; Bernard Perley, Department of Anthropology, UWM; Roger Thomas, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and Ojibwe teacher, and Andrew Wiberg, former Ojibwe student and graduate student in Library and Information Science at UWM.

The documentary will be broadcast Nov. 20 on MPTV 36.1 HD at 11 p.m.

MPTV Community Cinema previews local and national films monthly, September through May. With the exception of a "special preview," all previews are held at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee. For more details, call 414-297-7520.