Language Healers was selected to screen at the upcoming Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium in June 2015, at the 130th MLA Convention that was held in Vancouver in January, at the University of Hawaii, Hilo for the Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium, at the University of Wisconsin—Madison for International Mother Language Day, at The University of Texas—Arlington for CoLang 2014, and was also selected out of over 900 films to screen at the 10th Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival. The movie has also recently been ordered by over 150 universities and K-12 schools and was mentioned in the Huffington Post as one of the films helping to empower individuals to take action to rescue endangered languages.
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We learn about the importance of Native languages and cultures in Alaska from a Yup'ik dog musher and 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. We also meet National Geographic Fellow and Swarthmore College linguistics professor K. David Harrison who introduces us to his innovative online talking dictionaries project for Indigenous languages. Finally, we travel to Montana where Neyooxet Greymorning, an inventive Arapaho professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies, has been perfecting a method to quickly save these disappearing national treasures.