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“May History Show Us the Way: Roots of Cherokee Language Endangerment and Paths for Reclamation” with Ben Frey

Friday, April 21, 2023
4:00 p.m.
110 Business Building
“May History Show Us the Way: Roots of Cherokee Language Endangerment and Paths for Reclamation” with Ben Frey

Join Ben Frey for his talk “May History Show Us the Way: Roots of Cherokee Language Endangerment and Paths for Reclamation.” 

The Cherokee language represents the heart and soul of Cherokee culture. Today, with fewer than 200 first-language speakers remaining among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ population of 18,000 citizens, the language is severely endangered. In this talk, Frey discusses the many driving factors of the language’s endangerment and how to address those factors for an effective program of language revitalization.

Ben Frey is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. His research focuses on language revitalization and the link between social networks, institutional structures, and language behavior over time. “May History Show Us the Way” is a preview of his book, which will appear in the University of Nebraska’s Many Wests series. 

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MANY WESTS BOOK SERIES

Many Wests Editors: Thomas G. Andrews, Ari Kelman, Amy Lonetree, Mary E. Mendoza, Christina Snyder; Acquiring Editor: Bridget Barry

This talk is part of the Many Wests book series and will generate a book tentatively titled, Rising Above: Language Revitalization in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, published by the University of Nebraska Press. Sponsored by the McCabe-Greer Professorship, the Department of History, and the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center.

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110 Business Building