posted on May, 29 2010 @ 05:38 PM
I'm surprised this is just coming up now. Over the course of the last couple hundred years, quite a lot of native languages have been worked out to a
written language even if they didn't begin with that. Around here I think you can take classes in Cherokee, for example.
I think it would be neat if the last speaker of Wichita were to record several albums' worth of say, their cultural legends and so on, along with an
english 'general translation' of the content. Not only would it ensure that some record of the language's spoken-value is kept but perhaps in the
future something more could be done about it, even though obviously it'd be more difficult then without a native speaker, but we decode even ancient
languages, after all.
I agree about the tribal chief/elders but I think it's worth understanding that genetically, possibly the worst imaginable thing that could happen to
most of the natives is a shift in food to processed grains -- from flour/sugar to alcohol -- and when the natives became dependent on government, it
annihilated much of their culture and people from the inside, as a result. The non-natives might not have known it was akin to addicting babies to
drugs and ensuring a population % of ill health and addiction in adulthood that is staggering in many tribes, but that is the result of it anyway. Add
this to poverty of a kind many of us can't even imagine... The side-effects of this are profound and IMO there's been drastically less proactive
education, and just plain optimism, culture-wide as a result. In order to be driven you have to have the energy and attitude for it. The food supply
has been a genuine problem that changes attitudes and whole cultures, not just individuals. To this day government still provides 'food' -- to make
up for the land stolen that had actual animals to eat on it -- that is white flour, white sugar, white rice, cheap pasta, as 'dominant' provisions.
If you've read or heard anything about the genetic response to foods and the very different "increase in ill health and obesity" in some population
segments than others, it would make slightly more sense that quite a number of native tribes have just not seemed to have the gumption to maintain a