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Revitalizing the Arapaho Language
Andrew Cowell talks with Arapaho speakers Alonzo Moss, Sr. and Edward Willow about an Arapaho place name near Grand Lake, CO. Including place names in the database has been a key part of the project. Photo by Sara Wiles, Lander, WY.

Andrew Cowell talks with Arapaho speakers Alonzo Moss, Sr. and Edward Willow about an Arapaho place name near Grand Lake, CO. Including place names in the database has been a key part of the project. Photo by Sara Wiles, Lander, WY.

Arapaho is an endangered language that is primarily spoken by two communities: the Southern Arapaho in Oklahoma and the Northern Arapaho in Wyoming. The Arapaho Lexical Database and Dictionary seeks to document and preserve this language by creating a comprehensive online searchable dictionary of Arapaho words and phrases. NEH funding through the Documenting Endangered Languages program has provided the project the financial support it needed to become a valuable resource for language revitalization in the tribal communities it serves.

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