Title

The Penobscot Nation is working to save its language, while fluent speakers dwin

Authors

Abby Zimet

Source

Down East

Date

7-1-2008

Pages

70-73, 98-100

Abstract

The Penobscot Nation is working to save its language, while fluent speakers dwindle in numbers. Carol Dana, 55, relearned her native tongue and now teaches two tribal apprentices, who in turn teach those who pass the language on to children. She is the cousin of former tribal chief and teacher Barry Dana , who began teaching Penobscot as part of a native studies program at the school on Indian Island. Now his daughter, Maulian Dana, is compiling an English-to-Penobscot dictionary. Grades K-8 at the Indian Island School are taught Penobscot. With a mention of Dr. Frank Siebert, who compiled a Penobscot dictionary and two volumes of Penobscot legends and stories.

Subjects

Penobscot Indians, Indian Island Old Town

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