The Omaha Speaking, an interview about a new documentary.

Aug 31, 2018

Glenna Slater and Brigitte Timmerman

You’re listening to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media.  I’m Mary Hartnett.  The language of the Omaha Tribe is in crisis.  There are fewer than a dozen native speakers left.  However, a Nebraska filmmaker has produced a new documentary called “The Omaha Speaking.”  Timmerman has been working in partnership with Omaha tribal elders and sisters Octa Keen, Winona Caramony, and Glenna Slater.   85 year old Glenna teaches at the Nebraska Indian Community College.  I spoke with Timmerman and Glenna this week when they were in Sioux City for an event.  

That was Nebraska filmmaker Briggitte Timmerman, who has produced a new documentary called “The Omaha Speaking.”  She worked with Omaha tribal elders Octa and Glenna Keen.  We also spoke with Glenna, who at 85 year old teaches the Omaha language at the Nebraska Indian Community College in Macy.  I spoke with Timmerman and Glenna this week.   Here’s a sample of the documentary, which Timmerman hopes to be showing at more venues soon.