As American Indian Heritage Month comes to a close, the honoring and keeping traditions alive within tribes across the country continues to live on. This work is shown bright through the providing of digital language resources for the enrolled members of the Monacan Indian Nation, as well as other indigenous people of Tutelo, Saponi, and Monacan descent. Born from a grant from The Endangered Language Fund’s Native Voices Endowment, the Tutelo-Saponi Monacan Living Dictionary will house over 3,000 words and phrases alongside accurate audio recordings and culturally relevant images and videos by the end of 2023. Language is an identifier for many, and while there are no fluent speakers left, it is vitally important that the Tutelo-Saponi language is kept alive for others to hear.
Click on the link to visit the dictionary’s website: Entries | Tutelo-Saponi Monacan Living Dictionary (livingdictionaries.app)
If you would like to read more about the living dictionary, click here: Rebuilding the Tutelo-Saponi language for tribe’s next generation – ICT News