In the pre-colonial period, there were over 1,000 different tribes in California with over 500 distinct languages. Today, all these languages are highly endangered and some might even be called extinct.

It’s a profound loss. Language is culture and culture is cosmology, and when we lose languages, we lose the worldviews reflected in ancient . . .

You have reached content available exclusively to Point Reyes Light digital subscribers.

Receive a 3-day free trial of unlimited digital access.

Already a subscriber? Login here.