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Meet the Last Speaker of a Dying Language

Marie Wilcox is the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language spoken by a Native American tribe of less than 200 remaining members. Wilcox is creating the first Wukchumni dictionary and, in the process, teaching her family the language. Filmmaker Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee presents a touching portrait of this remarkable woman in his documentary Marie’s Dictionary.

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