In Memoriam: Honoring Maxine Wildcat Barnett

Maxine Wildcat Barnett • zOyaha

Yuchi | Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Maxine’s goal was to ensure the Yuchi language was passed to the next generations. She effectuated her legacy using the Spirit Aligned Leadership Program to sustain and support her efforts. For some time, she was the last fluent Yuchi speaker – before she passed, she accomplished her goal in transferring the language to Yuchi youth. These are unpublished writings by the late Maxine Wildcat Barnett where she shares what it means to carry on her language and what her homelands meant to her.


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