The Siletz are cataloging their language by saving over 10,000 words and phrases in an online talking dictionary. They hope the free and simple database will help make the language easier to learn for those who want to speak it in the present day. And they hope that if the language continues to disappear, the dictionary will preserve the Athabaskan words for future generations to be able to access and resurrect.
What’s the role of technology in keeping traditions alive? Have you seen projects similar to the Siletz talking dictionary? How did they work?
- Alfred “Bud” Lane III: Language specialist with the Siletz Tribal Language Project