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College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA 23186-0002)
Jack Bradford Martin (Project Director: October 2014 to present)

Documenting Endangered Languages - Preservation
Preservation and Access

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$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2022

Spoken Creek (Muskogee) Documentation Project

Documentation of Creek, an endangered Muscogean language, originally spoken in the southeastern United States, and now spoken by the Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole nations in Oklahoma, and the Seminole tribe in Florida.  The project would produce 24 hours of audiovisual recordings, transcriptions, and translations into English and would train students in language documentation methods.  The recordings and linguistic analysis would be archived at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma and would be made available on the Web.

The proposed project builds on existing collaboration between the College of William and Mary and the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma to provide the first documentation of spoken Creek (or Muskogee, also spelled Muscogee, Mvskoke, and Maskoke). Video recordings will be made over three years and will consist of targeted interviews covering traditional practices, oral history, tribal history, and spontaneous conversation. Approximately 24 hours of recordings will be selected for transcription and translation. Workshops in Oklahoma will provide training for individuals interested in video production and using software to segment, transcribe, and translate video or audio recordings. Much of the transcription and translation will be done by students in Bacone College’s Master-Apprentice program paired with fluent speakers. Materials will be archived at Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. Presentation versions will be published online.