The Last Speaker of the Wukchumni

Marie Wilcox is the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language possibly forever. However, that doesn’t mean she is going to let her language die, for the past 7 years Marie has been writing a dictionary, not only of her native language but of other words she knows from various other Yokut languages. The Yokuts are a group of Native Americans that were in Central California. At one point there were 50,000 Yokuts living in the Tulare Basin, now there are approximately 300. However the culture is still going strong. Since 1970 Marie has been a Wukchumni Elder dedicated to passing on the traditions and language of her people. Even now Marie and her daughter are still working hard to maintain the traditions of the Wukchumni people for generations to come.




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