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Death of Last Native Speaker Leads to Extinction of Eyak Language

Eyak is an extinct language that was spoken in Alaska, near the mouth of the Copper River. Marie Smith Jones, the language's last native speaker, as well as the last full-blooded Eyak, died in 2008 at the age of 89. Before her death, she worked with experts to compile a dictionary that would allow future generations to revive the language. With no native speakers left in the world, Eyak became a symbol in the effort against language extinction. Which languages are the closest relatives to Eyak?




Wabi-sabi is a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic focused on the acceptance of transience. The aesthetic is described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, concepts derived from Buddhist beliefs about the nature of existence. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, and intimacy—all of which are aspects perceived in nature. What type of art forms are derived from the wabi-sabi aesthetic?

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Karl Wallenda

Wallenda was a German-born US circus acrobat and founder and leader of the acrobatic troupe that came to be known as the Flying Wallendas. The group gained notoriety in Europe for its high-wire acts without a safety net before developing its most famous act—the seven-person pyramid, topped by Wallenda's wife, Helen. The troupe traveled with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and later performed as freelancers. Wallenda continued performing until age 73. How did he die?

Last updated on Friday, 21st January 2011

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