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Published on Jul 28, 2009
This little video was made possible because of a grant from the Administration for Native Americans. The Elder speaking is Maria Hinton. Maria Hinton is a 99-year-old member of the Oneida Nation of Indians of Wisconsin. She is a fluent Oneida Language Speaker. The video was created by Stephanie Stevens. It was 100% taste-tested by Daniel Clay Stevens.
PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME OF THE WORDS HAVE A WHISPERED ENDING, BUT MAY VARY SPEAKER TO SPEAKER. TWO EXAMPLES ARE THE WORDS "IT'S SWEET" AND 'IT'S SALTY." THERE ARE VARIATIONS OF PRONUCICATION AMONG SPEAKERS. I HAVE THE THE "LE" ON BOTH WORDS UNDLINED (WHICH MEANS THEY COULD BE WHISPERED ENDINGS), HOWEVER, MARIA DOES NOT PRONOUNCE THOSE AS WHISPERED ENDINGS. EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE NOT SPOKEN AS WHISPERED ENDINGS IN THESE PARTICULAR INSTANCES, I CHOSE TO LEAVE THE UNDERLINES THERE, TO ILLUSTRATE THAT THERE MAY BE SOME VARIATION. I FELT THAT THIS EXPLATION OF WHY WAS NECESSARY THOUGH. IT'S REALLY A DIALECT DIFFERENCE IN SOME FAMILIES.