Published June 22, 2017
This video was recorded by Yuliya Manyakina at the Crow Summer Institute in 2015. Crow, known natively as Apsáalooke, is spoken by over 4,000 people, principally in the Crow Nation territory of southeastern Montana, USA. A Siouan language, it is closely related to Hidatsa, and more distantly so to Lakota, Omaha, and others. Like most North American language communities, Crow speakers were subject to government persecution in the 19th and 20th centuries, when the United States and Canada sought to eliminate non-European languages from the continent. Though the community continues to face significant challenges to language preservation today, a lively revival movement has emerged.