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"The Life of a Language"
10 Dec 2012
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The Life of a Language, a documentary short directed by Paul Donatelli, is one of many new films screening at theĀ American Indian Film Institute 2012 Film Festival:

"With less than ten native living fluent speakers, the Karuk language has been classified as endangered. Situated along the Klamath River in Northern California, the Karuk tribe has endured a difficult history in the last 150 years since the mining industry brought white people into the valley for the first time. One family sees it as their mission to preserve the dying language and culture of the Karuk tribe through involvement in their community and a steadfast dedication to teaching their three young children. With the few remaining elders as their teachers and guides, they struggle to keep the old ways alive amidst the busy modern lifestyle of a young and growing family.

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Documentary Film Journalism Challenges Community Culture Education Heritage In the Streets Indigenous Local Preservation Traditional Youth Folklife Interview/Profile Movement/Campaign Project/Initiative Video Folklorist Native American Organizer California West
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