SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE :
Every Word is a Victory
The Columbia Encyclopedia estimates that there were more than 15 million speakers of over 2,000 indigenous languages spoken across the entire Western Hemisphere in 1492.
By the middle of the 20th century, roughly two-thirds of all indigenous American languages had died out or were on the brink of extinction.
This devastating loss was further accelerated as indigenous peoples in Canada and the USA were subjected to a program of forced cultural assimilation, carried out through government-mandated boarding schools designed to destroy native culture and identity.
At these schools, children were forbidden from speaking their tribal languages, wearing their tribal clothing and observing native religions.
According to Ethnologue, of the 115 Indigenous languages spoken in the U.S. today 79 are in danger of going extinct within a generation.
As of 2021, all surviving Iroquoian languages are severely or critically endangered
six nations of the Iroquois
Mohawk (Kanienkahagen) – The People of the Flint
Oneida (Onayotekaono) – The People of the Upright Stone
Onondaga (Onundagaono) – The People of the Hills
Cayuga (Guyohkohnyoh) – The People of the Great Swamp
Seneca (Onondowahgah)– The People of the Great Hill
Tuscarora (Ska-Ruh-Reh) – The Shirt Wearing People