MN Public Radio reports…
These days, Dakota — the native language of the Prairie Island Indian Community — isn’t widely spoken.
But the tribe is trying to change that and the pandemic has offered them an unusual opportunity to do so: by bringing language classes online, they’ve been able to reach more members than ever before.
In person classes have typically attracted a handful of people, said tribe communications manager Rayanna Lennes.
Using technology like Zoom to teach live classes, and archiving them online, gives far-flung tribal members an opportunity to reconnect with their language — and each other.
I love this. The loss of a language is huge loss to the culture and to see how technology is bringing it back is amazing.