Yuchi Language Project

Sapulpa, OK

The Yuchi Language Project is dedicated to keeping alive the rich heritage of the Yuchi people by creating new young speakers through breath-to-breath immersion methods with fluent Elders and children. Designed as a living language habitat to produce a new generation of Yuchi speakers, the Yuchi Language Project is seeing children once again speak Yuchi at home, school, church, and at Yuchi Ceremonial Grounds for the first time in nearly a century.

“When we speak our own language, we embody our Indigenous culture and worldview like our ancestors.”

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Yuchi Language Project seeks to revitalize Indigenous identity through common tongue

Thousands of Indigenous languages are in danger of disappearing before the end of the century, including most of those spoken in North America, according to a report from UNESCO. This is part one of a two-part series of discussions with Native American language preservationists and their efforts to revive their ancestral tongues.