Watch the Trailer for HEENETIINEYOO3EIHIIHO’ (Language Healers)

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown April 13th, 2014 Last Updated on: April 13th, 2014

Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers) tells the story of Native peoples striving to revitalize their languages. We learn about the importance of Native languages and cultures in Alaska from a Yup’ik dog musher and then from a Tlingit carver of wood and metal. The film then takes us to a school in Wisconsin where we hear the story of a seventh grade girl who was recently punished for speaking a few words of the Menominee language. We learn more about the fight against language loss through visiting a Euchee (Yuchi) immersion school in Oklahoma where only four fluent elder speakers remain. Finally, we travel to Montana where an inventive professor has been perfecting a method to quickly save these disappearing national treasures.


HEENETIINEYOO3EIHIIHO' (Language Healers) Trailer from Brian McDermott on Vimeo.

You'll only be able to see this on the film festival circuit this year, but producers have said it'll be out on DVD next year. Upcoming screenings are in Montana, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma with possible screenings in New York and Idaho.

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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No matter what the heritage, it is so important that language be preserved. There are so many things that can’t be translated, especially when you’re talking about cultural heritage.

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