The Times podcast: An Indigenous language, back from the brink
Native American culture and history have long been ignored or romanticized as vestiges of a lost people — or both.
The Serrano people of Southern California have seen their Indigenous language nearly vanish. But tribe member Ernest Siva has been working to save it. Among his efforts: The octogenarian contributes to Cal State San Bernardino’s language program.
Then, 25-year-old Mark Araujo-Levinson found the classes through a Google search — and started making YouTube videos of himself learning the language.
Today, we hear their voices. And L.A. Times Metro reporter Nathan Solis takes us through their story and how their efforts have gained momentum.
Host: Gustavo Arellano
Guest: L.A. Times Metro reporter Nathan Solis
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