Marie Wilcox

Marie Wilcox (born November 24, 1933)[1] is the last fluent speaker of Wukchumni, a dialect of Tule-Kaweah, which is a Yokutsan indigenous language spoken by the Tule-Kaweah Yokuts of California.[2] She and her daughter teach interested members of their tribe; however, "few seem devoted to learn."[3] She spent more than seven years working on a Wukchumni dictionary, which was published in 2014.[1] As of 2014, it was estimated that the Wukchumni tribe had fewer than 200 members, of which Marie was the only fluent speaker of the language.[3]

Marie Wilcox
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Wilcox in 2016
Born (1933-11-24) November 24, 1933 (age 87)


  1. ^ a b Marie's Dictionary | Spherical Oneness Project, retrieved 2017-05-22 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Vaughan-lee, Emmanuel (2014-08-18). "'Who Speaks Wukchumni?'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  3. ^ a b Heller, Chris. "Saving Wukchumni". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-05-22.