"New World" Film Revives Extinct Native American Tongue
Enter Blair Rudes, a linguist at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As the amount of Virginia Algonquian dialogue spoken in the movie increased from just two scenes to more than a third of the film, Rudes found himself reconstructing an entire language that had long gone extinct.
comments powered by Disqus
John Frederick Fausz - 1/25/2006
What's the big deal? William Strachey left an extensive Powhatan word list with English translations, and Capt John Smith recorded several long phrases--both long available in print. In the 1980s PBS/American Playhouse docu-drama, ROANOAK, an entire village of Algonquian-speaking Cree was recruited to speak and teach native dialogue in a similar dialect, which was then translated into English subtitles. Our short, skimpy historical memories make some things seem innovative when they are merely derivative.
- Rare silent Native American movie of 1920s attracting a lot of interest
- It happened in Idaho and was the largest massacre of Indians in US history, but where exactly did it take place?
- Junípero Serra’s Missions Destroyed Entire Native Cultures. And Now He’s Going to Be a Saint.
- Isis destruction of Palmyra's Temple of Bel revealed in satellite images
- McKinley's lost his mountain. Should we still remember his presidency?
- Japanese historian upends the familiar narrative of WW 2 by taking a bottom up approach, focusing on fascism from the grassroots
- Holocaust-denying historian David Irving organises 'disgusting' £2,000-a-head holiday tours of former concentration camps and Hitler's HQ so people can 'make up their own mind about the truth'
- 72 history professors sign letter urging removal of Jefferson Davis statue from Kentucky Capitol
- 10 Years After Katrina, the Enduring Value of the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank
- Historian author Antony Beevor says his new World War 2 book may anger Americans