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UmoNhoN Iye

The Omaha Speaking

Dir. Brigitte Timmerman USA 67 min


Only a handful of fluent speakers of the language of the Omaha Tribe remain. Omaha-based filmmaker Brigitte Timmerman set out to document these guardians of the Omaha language, a group of elders movingly profiled in UmoNhoN Iye. In a series of vignettes, they reflect on growing up speaking their native tongue, the efforts taken by outsiders to erase it out, and why it is so important to preserve it. The film also features a dedicated group of educators working to keep their language alive.

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