First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee
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Jan 29, 2016
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: First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee

The Cherokee language was spoken in North America thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans, and is still used today by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the mountains of North Carolina. However, this fascinating language is now in endangered, with the number of native speakers dwindling. In addition to long-standing efforts by the tribal schools and a summer language camp, a total immersion preschool and elementary school offers fresh hope that the Cherokee people may rescue and restore this vessel of identity, history and heritage.

Presented by the NC Language & Life Project, First Language documents the extraordinary fight to rescue the very heart of Cherokee identity.

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