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Published January 23, 2009, 12:00 AM

Dying Tongues: A multimedia exploration of a language on the brink of extinction

The languages of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes are fading into silence, one voice at a time, as fluent elderly speakers die. Those languages, embedded in a native Plains Indian culture thousands of years old, welcomed Lewis and Clark on their epic trip west. "Dying Tongues" will explore their struggles and answers the question: What is lost when a language dies.