The people who want their language to disappear

4 Nov

At the end of this latest season of political campaigning in the U.S., the Maidu perspective on language is almost refreshing in its bittersweetness.

“There is a different way of thinking in the Maidu tradition,” she explains.

“We believe the way you reach richness in life is through knowledge. It gives you power and it is your responsibility to use that wisely. If you pass that knowledge on, you are responsible for the outcome. If someone misuses the knowledge you give them, if they use it to hurt someone, you as the person who gave it to them, are responsible for that hurt.”

The Maidu are indigenous to what is now California. However, they are down to a handful of speakers. Given what Trina says above to reporter Caroline Davies, the language is dying out intentionally.

Read the entire BBC story here: via BBC News – The people who want their language to disappear.

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