"There is nothing I know of that's anything like the Wampanoag case." - Noam Chomsky, a RESIST founder
Film Screening and Discussion:
We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân
Friday, March 30 at 7:00PM
Fort Point Theatre Channel
10 Channel Center Street
Boston, MA 02210
We invite you to a very special RESIST fundraising event. RESIST will be showing We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân, a remarkable documentary about the Wampanoag of Southeastern Massachusetts and the revival of their language.
To RSVP and/or make a donation to RESIST, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or simply click here and make a note in the comment section. The suggested donation is $25 to $50, but no one will be turned away. Seating is limited, so please RSVP soon!
About the film, the Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project and Ken Hale:
In 1994 Jessie Little Doe, then an intrepid Wampanoag social worker, began having dreams: familiar-looking people from another time spoke to her in an incomprehensible language. Later, she realized they were speaking Wampanoag, a language no one had used for more than a century. Determined to breathe life back into the language, Jessie founded the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project to return fluency to the Wampanoag Nation.
For RESIST, her quest had a second beginning. In 1996, Jessie came to MIT as a Mel King Community Fellow. There, she starting working with Ken Hale, one of the world's foremost linguists. A passionate activist for justice, Ken was also a founder of RESIST. He died in 2001, and each year we award a Ken Hale Tribute Grant in memory of his life and work.
The result was a first: Jessie, Ken, and others revived a spoken language. And at Ken’s funeral, Jessie delivered a moving eulogy—in Wampanaog and English.
Most recently, in 2010, Jessie won a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award for this achievement. As Noam Chomsky, another RESIST founder and renowned linguist, says, “There is nothing I know of that's anything like the Wampanoag case."
Written, produced, and directed by award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace, We Still Live Here received the "Moving Mountains Prize" at Telluride's Mountain Film Festival and the "Full Frame Inspiration Award" from Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. It was broadcast on PBS on the Independent Lens series this past November. Here’s a link for more information.
We invite you to join RESIST on Sunday, March 30, at 7 pm for the film, discussion, and light snacks. The showing will take place at 10 Channel Center Street, the home of Fort Point Theatre Channel, which is cosponsoring the event.
See you there! And many thanks for your support for RESIST.