Keep Talking | Culture is Home, Language is Key - New Bedford Whaling Museum

Doors open at: 5:30PM
Film starts at: 6:00PM
Film runs: 80min

$5 for Members | $10 for General Public


Wednesday, November 6, 2024 | Tickets are $5 for Members or $10 for General Public

On Wednesday, November 6,  join us at the New Bedford Whaling Museum for a screening of Keep Talking (Niugaa Yugaa), an award-winning documentary that celebrates the sustained efforts of a vibrant, multigenerational Alaska Native community committed to the revitalization of their Alutiiq language and culture.

This film is part of a series of Native Stories from the Pacific to the Arctic, presented in conversation with The Wider World & Scrimshaw exhibition on view at the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s June 14, 2024 through November 11, 2024.

About the Film
Directed by Karen Lynn Weinberg, Keep Talking follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language now spoken by less than 40 remaining fluent Native Elders. Their small community travels to remote Afognak Island to start teaching kids Alutiiq. Sadie, 13, is inspired to begin learning the language and dances of her ancestors. Instead of getting swept up in the wake of historical trauma, these women overcome personal demons and build toward a brighter future. Keep Talking reveals the ultimate impact of language and culture revitalization; joy and hope.

Keep Talking asks fundamental questions about the impact of language as it relates to historical trauma, healing, community and identity. When a language dies, that worldview is essentially erased from the collective lexicon of human thought. It is up to each of us to decide how we feel about this, as languages are dying off at an unprecedented rate. Globally, UNESCO estimates that one language dies every two weeks.