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The Ket People

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Uploaded on Apr 10, 2009

Dr. Edward Vajda spent a year in Siberia studying the Ket people, one of the last hunter-gatherer groups in Asia. There are only 1200 Ket left, and their language is dying out, perhaps to be gone within a generation. Ket is an isolate, like Basque in Spain, completely unrelated to neighboring languages, and contains many typologically rare linguistic features. At the end of the clip a native speaker of Ket tells a folk-tale in her native language, "How the Cuckoo Came to Be."

Part of the Innovative Teaching Showcase 2005-06, created by the Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment at Western Washington University: http://pandora.cii.wwu.edu/showcase2005/

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