When you lose your language, you lose more than just words. You lose the words you use to hold weddings and funerals and welcome children. You use the words that shape and define your world view.
In his latest book, Dr. Anton Treuer talks about the revitalization of indigenous language and cultures and the success stories that are not only preserving language, they're making a huge difference for the people learning them.
The Language Warrior's Manifesto: How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds will be published next month by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.