Who Speaks Wukchumni? A Vanishing Native American Language
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UNESCO estimates that roughly half of the 7,000 languages spoken today will disappear if nothing is done to preserve them. More than 130 of these languages are currently at risk, with 74 languages considered "critically endangered." These languages preserve priceless cultural heritage.
Native American Day is a state holiday in California, observed annually on the fourth Friday of September and was established in 1968 to honor Native American cultures. Native American Heritage Month is celebrated annually each November.
According to National Geographic's Vanishing Voices project, one language dies every 14 days.
The National Science Foundation produced a special report on language and linguistics. Find out more about tracking and recording languages and the evolution of the field of linguistics.
Interested in listening to endangered languages around the world? Visit the Smithsonian Institution and their Endangered Languages Story Map.
View this TED Talk, Dreams from Endangered Cultures from Wade Davis, a National Geographic Explorer. He talks about the diversity of the world's indigenous cultures and the alarming rate at which they are disappearing.