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Wampanoags resurrect language in schools

For Isidro “T.J.” Thomas Jr., an Assonet Wampanoag, sending his 5-year-old son to Mukayuhsak Weekuw: The Children’s House is a way to reconnect his entire family to a language that fell out of use well over a century ago, when many tribal children across New England were forced into work as slaves or indentured servants in the homes of the settlers before returning to their communities speaking English.

“The benefits are enormous,” said Thomas, who works for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in the same building as the school. “It’s a way for him to reconnect us to the language. … They’re learning at such an early age that it’s almost second nature for them.


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