Reviving the Chimtimacha Language


The Chitimacha language basically died with the last two fluent speakers. Chief Benjamin Paul died in 1932 and Delphine Stouff died in 1940. Just prior to their death ethnographers found out about the language and came to the reservation to document it and made over 200 hours of recordings. Over the years the recordings were transcribed and with the help of a linguist who meet with tribal elders some ten years ago, the language began to slowly recover. Now,through a Rosetta Stone project within the tribes' own school , a language preservation effort is in full swing and children and their families are becoming fluent Chitimacha language speakers.


Title: Reviving the Chimtimacha Language

Type: Interstitial/Promo

Subject(s): Native America

Public Broadcasting Station or Institution: LOUISIANA PUBLIC BROADCASTING

Original Broadcast/Publish Date: 10/18/2018

Runtime: 00:03:34

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