Apr 28, 2010
One of the few fluent Oneida speakers left in Wisconsin, Maria Hinton “recently put the finishing touches on an exhaustive recording of the Oneida dictionary,” American Indian News Service reports.
“Taking five years of almost daily work, she recorded 12,000 audio files, including tens of thousands of Oneida words, and told stories she first heard in her mother tongue.”
The 99-year-old Hinton was recently named one of the first recipients of the Prism Award from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. More than 50 years ago, her dedication to keeping alive the language, stories and culture she grew up with was recognized at an Indian gathering that gave her the name, Yake-yahle. Translation: She Remembers.
“I am not completely retired,” Hinton told AINS. She lives in Oneida, near Green Bay.