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How the loss of Native American languages affects our understanding of the natural world

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) participates in a panel discussion with young Native Americans including Tatiana Ticknor of Alaska at the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington November 5, 2015. Obama courted the American Indian vote as a first-time White House candidate in 2008. He became an honorary member of a tribe in Montana, the Crow Nation, and took on a native name: Black Eagle, which means "one who helps all people of this land."  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - GF20000047452

Once a language is gone, the traditional knowledge it carries also gets erased from society. Image: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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