Marie Wilcox and her daughter Jennifer Malone (Wukchumni) are a team in our Master Apprentice Program – they work together in powerful ways to protect their Wukchumni language. Their efforts and success is highlighted in this short film, titled “Marie’s Dictionary.”

The UC Berkeley Linguistics Department has led the way in the effort to document and preserve California’s native languages. The Breath of Life Workshop for California Indian Languages is a biennial workshop designed for California Indians whose languages have no fluent speakers. The goal is for the participants to access, understand, and do research on materials on their languages, and to use them for language revitalization.

Video footage excerpted from the forthcoming documentary, “Breath of Life,” by Rick Bacigalupi. Edited by Phil Ebiner, UC Berkeley Media Relations