The Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project

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Organization The Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project


The Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project is repairing the broken circle of cultural loss and pain and enabling the Wampanoag to see the world as their families did for centuries. The Project began in 1993 under the direction of jessie ‘little doe’ baird who earned a Master’s Degree in Algonquian Linguistics from MIT in 2000. Through the joint collaborative efforts of members of The Assonet Band of Wampanoag, The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah and the Herring Pond Band of Wampanoag, the project aims to return fluency to the Wampanoag Nation as a principal means of expression. Financial support of the Project is used to fund specific needs – language workbooks, a student’s school supplies, immersion camp experiences, learn more.

Read more about this transforming project and one volunteer’s experience in the interview, “The Wôpanâak Language (Wampanoag Language) Reclamation Project.”