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"We Still Live Here" examines Native American culture, language rebirth

Posted on 15 Nov 2011

Jessie Little Doe Baird in traditional Native dressLast night's screening of "We Still Live Here" as part of Community Cinema with KUAR FM 89.1 and Roosevelt Thompson Library went really well. We had a great turnout and a great speaker--Dr. Robert Sanderson from the Sequoyah National Research Center and sociology professor at UALR.

The film follows linguist Jessie Little Doe Baird as she tries to revive the language of her tribe, the Wampanoag (who, coincidentally, were the tribe who saved the Pilgrims from starvation).

The process of reconstructing a language is tedious to say the least and involves research and patience--something the film highlights rather well.

In addition to the process of language reconstruction, the film also examines the relationship between white settlers and Native peoples in an honest way, which is something that isn't easily found in many films. If you're interested in Native American culture or language, this is a film you do not want to miss.

Learn more about the film and watch a preview.

"We Still Live Here" will premiere as part of Independent Lens on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 11 p.m. 

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