MAKING A JUST SOCIETY

Native American and Indigenous Perspectives
Scholarship, education, and creativity in MIT's humanistic fields
 



 


Saving Iñupiaq | Annauk Denise Olin
Graduate student in Linguistics
 

Olin, a graduate student in Linguistics, is working to help her Alaska Native community preserve their language and navigate the severe impact of climate change on their coastal village. 

Story by MIT SHASS Communications

 


Jesse Little Doe Baird, SM '00


 Jessie LIttle Doe Baird SM'00 receives 2010 MacArthur Fellowship

 

Award honors her work to revive Wampanoag (Wôpanâak), a language once spoken by tens of thousands of people, which became extinct in the 19th century.

Story

 

 


MIT composer Charles Shadle releases "Choctaw Animals," honoring his Native American heritage.
 

Shadle is arguably the most visible living classical composer in the Choctaw tribe, and he does not want to be the last. Thinking of young Choctaw children in rural communities he says, “To some extent, I can say, you could be a composer too. Your voice can be heard.”

Story by MIT SHASS Communications

 

 



Endangered Languages
 

"Exploring the full range of human languages is to the linguist what examining the abundance of species on the planet is to the biologist. There may well be crucial questions about the structure of human language that can only be answered by working with, say, speakers of Navajo." 
— David Pesetsky
Ferrari P. Ward Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics, MIT Department of Linguistics and Philosophy


Story by MIT SHASS Communications



The true story of the first Thanksgiving and what it meant

Commentary by Jesse Little Doe Baird in The Boston Globe
20 November 2018


 

 

 


Award-winning film: Âs Nutayuneân We Still Live Here

Created by filmmaker Anne Makepeace, "We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneântells the story of the reclamation of the Wampanoag language—the first time a language with no native speakers has been revived in this country. The successful work of the Wampanoag people to restore their language and culture has been led by MIT linguistics alum and recent MacArthur recipient, Jessie Little Doe Baird.  

 Watch the trailer  |  Watch the film  |  www.makepeaceproductions.com

 

 

 

Two editions of the Eliot Indian Bible were the first Bibles published in America.

Above: Title page of MIT’s second-edition copy of the Eliot Indian Bible, published in 1685. The two editions of the Eliot Indian Bible were the first and only Bibles printed in America until the Revolutionary War disrupted transAtlantic commerce. 

 

Right: A copy of the 1663 edition


The Eliot Bible

 

A rare book in MIT’s archives helps linguists revive a long-unused Native American language.

Story in Technology Review

 

 

 


 



 



 


Series prepared by MIT SHASS Communications
Office of Dean Melissa Nobles
MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Series Editor and Designer: Emily Hiestand, Communication Director
Publication Associate: Alison Lanier, Senior Communications Associate
March 2021