Recording a Dying Language | Global Oneness Project

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Students watch a film about a Native American woman who is the last fluent speaker of her language and explore the themes of endangered languages and cultural preservation. This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive. For more resources on cultural, social, and environmental issues, visit:

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April 2019
January 2021
Hi Maddie! Thanks so much for the five star rating! We have actually updated this lesson plan with three new ones (for elementary, middle and high school). Here is the link to the new high school lesson:, middle school:, and elementary: We hope you enjoy these new lessons just as much! Warmly, Sara Global Oneness Project Education Coordinator