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Virginia Indians speak language once again

Virginia Indians are once again speaking the language of their ancestors, or at least one that closely resembles it.

Virginia Algonquian came back to life for director Terrence Malick's recent film "The New World." He hired a linguist. who painstakingly reconstructed the language for a number of scenes in the movie.

Thanks to those efforts, it's now being used by tribal members like Ken Custalow, a member of the Mattaponi Tribe. He spoke the language when a delegation of Virginia Indians went to England this fall.

Chief Anne Richardson of the Rappahannock Tribe hopes the language can be taught to adults and young people. Her family retained a few Algonquian words.

Get the Story:
A Dead Indian Language Is Brought Back to Lif (The Washington Post 12/12)

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