Nightcliff Uniting Church 2013 Global Indigenous Stories Film Screening #2: ÂS NUTAYUNEÂN — WE STILL LIVE HERE
A multi award-winning documentary film by Anne Makepeace
Saturday March 16, 7-9pm
2010 l 82 mins l USA
ÂS NUTAYUNEÂN - WE STILL LIVE HERE tells a remarkable story of
language and cultural revival by the Wampanoag Indians of Southeastern
Massachusetts in the NE of the USA.
Wampanoag ancestors ensured the survival of 'the Pilgrims' in New
England and lived to regret it.
Spurred on by their intrepid linguist Jessie Little Doe Baird, they
are now saying loud and clear, and in their Native tongue, "Âs
Nutayuneân," – "We Still Live Here."
"We are here," they said. This sacred message was given to Jessie
'Little Doe' Baird in Wôpanâak (Wampanoag language) during the same
dream for three nights in a row. During the dream she saw the same
circle of faces... faces of her ancestors. At that time, she knew
nothing of her people's language but Little Doe wondered if the words
were in Wampanoag, the language of her ancestors Thus began a journey
that, through the joint collaborative efforts of the Mashpee,
Aquinnah, Assonet and Herring Pond Wampanoag communities, led to the
birth of the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, a project that,
after 150 years of dormancy, is bringing back to life the tribes'
sacred privilege and right -- their ancestral language.
Photo courtesy of Cultural Survival http://www.culturalsurvival.org/
For more information about the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project
See also the OurMotherTongues project -
For more information about the film and to watch a trailer visit
Discussion and cuppa following the film.
All welcome. Entry free, donations welcome. All money raised this week
will go to Cultural Survival.