By Laura Schmidt
UW Digital Collections is one of the homes of the Wisconsin Oneida Language Preservation Project and, on the first day of winter, we thought it would be appropriate to bring up some lessons to celebrate the season. Although these lessons are targeted at elementary schoolers, it is an extremely good introduction to the language. If you want to learn more, please visit the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin website.
Only a few dozen native speakers of Oneida are still alive and only three have the Wisconsin dialect. This means that Oneida language is critically endangered and, even if you only choose to learn a few words, you will be a part of keeping the language alive. This project is meant to document conversational styles and preserve and archive these efforts.
About the author: Laura Schmidt is a first year SLIS student who works as a metadata assistant for UW Digital Collections. She is horrible at learning languages, but she tries.