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Recording Kawaiisu

by Adam Loften

Following a century of loss, the Kawaiisu people of Central California have held on to their language, one of the few aspects of their culture that remain intact. Now, with only two fluent speakers remaining, Julie is attempting to document the language that lives within her elderly father and aunt so that it may be passed on and learned by others.


Adam Loften is a filmmaker and producer of documentary films, virtual reality experiences, and podcasts. His work has been nominated for Emmy and Peabody Awards and featured on PBS, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.


Directed by Adam Loften
Produced by Adam Loften & Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Editing & Cinematography by Adam Loften
Original music by Matthew Atticus Berger
Sound recording by Ben Suliteanu

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