We Still Live Here – Film screening and Discussion

PRESENTED BY: Online Event
7:00 PM, Friday, September 24, 2021 PST
Location: Online Event - Pacific Standard Time (click for map)

WE STILL LIVE HERE tells a remarkable story of cultural revival by the Wampanoag Indians of Southeastern Massachusetts. Their ancestors ensured the survival of the Pilgrims in New England, the ‘Pilgrims,’ and lived to regret it. Spurred on by their intrepid linguist Jessie Little Doe Baird, they are now saying loud and clear, and in their Native tongue, “Âs Nutayuneân,” – “We Still Live Here.”

The story begins in 1994 when Jessie Little Doe, an intrepid, thirty-something Wampanoag social worker, began having recurring dreams: familiar-looking people from another time addressing her in an incomprehensible language. Jessie was perplexed and a little annoyed– why couldn’t they speak English? Later, she realized they were speaking Wampanoag, a language no one had used for more than a century. These events sent her and members of the Aquinnah and Mashpee Wampanaog communities on an odyssey that would uncover hundreds of documents written in their language, lead Jessie to a Masters in Linguistics at MIT, and result in something that had never been done before – bringing a language alive again in an American Indian community after many generations with no Native speakers.

The film will be shown on line followed by a discussion.
Schedule for Friday September 24th:

  • 7:00 pm: Meeting starts
  • 7:10 pm: Start of the movie ‘We Still Live Here’
  • 8:10 pm: Group discussion

View at home: In addition to our online showing on the 24th, you will also be able to view the film at home within a five-day window. Details on how to connect will be sent to you after registration.

Register HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-still-live-here-as-nutayunean-tickets-172211247477

Film web site: https://www.makepeaceproductions.com/wampfilm.html

Release Year: 2011

Running Time: 53 minutes

Director: Anne Makepeace