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Preserving Native American languages by teaching the youngest students


The preschool children sit with legs crossed, squirming a little, as their language class begins at a Native American Head Start preschool on a reservation in Shasta County.

“Hestum,” says the teacher, which means “Greetings” in Wintu.

The children at Redding Rancheria eagerly respond and then, together with the teacher, count from 1 to 10 in Wintu.


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