Maddie Lares

Environmental Studies-Sociology
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Maddie traveled to Savoonga and Shaktoolik in January 2019 to interview young adults on their use of Siberian Yupik.  The language is being used less and while young adults say they would like to use it more, they do not see that happening, although some new social media apps offer promising opportunities to use the language more going forward.  Maddie was interested in how language loss is part of a larger problem of cultural drift many native peoples experience with globalization.