Jessie Little Doe Baird

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Jessie Little Doe Baird
Born (1963-11-18) November 18, 1963 (age 51)
Residence Mashpee, Massachusetts
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Occupation Linguist
Notable work(s) "We Shall Remain"
Awards MacArthur Fellowship

Jessie Little Doe Baird (also Jessie Little Doe Fermino,[1][2] born 18 November 1963)[3] is a linguist known for her efforts to revive the Wampanoag language. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010.


She has a masters degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied with Dr. Kenneth L. Hale.[4] Jessie resides in Mashpee, Massachusetts.[5]

According to Wampanoag prophecy, a Wampanoag woman would leave her home to bring back the language, and "the children of those who had had a hand in breaking the language cycle would help heal it."[6]

In 1993, she began teaching the Wôpanâak language at Mashpee, and Aquinnah.[7][8]

Jessie Little Doe Baird is featured in a PBS documentary, "We Still Live Here – Âs Nutayuneân", by Anne Makepeace.[9]


  1. ^ "Inspired By A Dream". MIT Spectrum. Spring 2001. 
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  3. ^ Jessie Little Doe (official website): CV, Aquinnah MA, 2003.
  4. ^ "Jessie Little Doe Baird". MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Jessie Little Doe Fermino. An introduction to Wampanoag grammar (Master's thesis). MIT. 
  6. ^ "The Long-Dead Native Language Wopânâak is Revived". Yankee Magazine. December 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  7. ^ Sukiennik, Greg (March 24, 2001). "Woman Brings Tribe's Dead Language to Life". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Alexander Stille (September 30, 2000). "Speak, Cultural Memory: A Dead-Language Debate". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ "We Still Live Here - As Nutayunean – Documentary on Native American Language Revival". Independent Lens, PBS. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 

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