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Video: Frances Soctomah '14 Discusses Effort by Native Americans, New Documentary to Save Tribal Languages on MPBN

Story posted October 10, 2010

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Frances Soctomah '14

The mission of the documentary Language of America and its creator, Maine-based filmmaker Ben Levine, is to help New England's Native Americans keep their languages alive.

Frances Soctomah '14 and her brother George Neptune, who's featured in the film, were interviewed for a segment that aired on the radio stations of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

An excerpt from the text of the segment:

"I've always wanted to learn more about the Passamaquoddy language, because when I see people who can speak it, speak with each other, there's a different sort of connection than when you speak in English," says Francis Soctomah, who lives on Indian Township Reservation, in Washington County.
"Speaking the language really just seems to have a different feel when you see other people speaking it, and the relationships they have with each other," Soctomah says. "That's just something that I really want."

Listen to the segment.

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