The Lost Art of Listening

Underwood, Emily
November 2009
High Country News;11/23/2009, Vol. 41 Issue 20, p10
The article offers information on the measures done by the Northern Arapaho Tribe in the U.S. to save their language from extinction. It notes that out of 8,000 members of the tribe, only less than 250 fluent speakers are left with an age of 55 years and above. At Northern Plains Education Founding, in which Professor Stephen Neyooxet Greymorning teaches Arapaho language, children receives 15 minutes of instruction, a couple of times a week. Greymorning states that sustaining the program is difficult due to low funding as the unemployment rate in the reservation rises to 70%. It mentions that the traditional form of education of Arapaho tribes, oral storytelling, had largely died out in 1950s.


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