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Marie Wilcox saved a dying language before she died

VISALIA – Marie Wilcox of Woodlake, Calif. was laid to rest on Friday, Oct. 8, but not before she saved the language of her indigenous people. The 87-year-old spent the last 20 years of her life producing a dictionary to preserve the language of Wukchumni, the name of the Yokut tribe of Native Americans which settled along the Kaweah River and the name of their language.
WOODLAKE, CA
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Marie Wilcox, who saved her tribe’s language, dies

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Marie Wilcox, a Native American woman in California who saved her tribe’s dying language, has died. She was 87. Wilcox was once the last fluent speaker of Wukchumni but she worked for more than 20 years to produce a dictionary of the language spoken by her tribe in California’s San Joaquin Valley and taught her family. Now there are at least three fluent speakers of the language, including her daughter.
VISALIA, CA
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