Blair A. Rudes

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Blair A. Rudes (May 18, 1951, Gloversville, New York – March 16, 2008, Charlotte, North Carolina) was an American linguist known for his work on Native American languages.


Of part Irish[1] and Abenaki[2] descent, Rudes studied at Piseco Elementary School and Wells Central High School as a child, before going on to the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he obtained a doctorate in linguistics in 1976. He was an Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.[3][4] Rudes reconstructed the Virginia Algonquian language for use in the 2005 film The New World.[5] Rudes died of a heart attack in 2008.[6]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  1. ^ The Algonquian Language Reborn: An Interview with Blair Rudes, Coastal Carolina Indian Center.
  2. ^ Giving Voice to Powhatan's People: The Creation of Virginia Algonquian Dialog for "The New World", Blair A. Rudes.
  3. ^ Alumni Profile - Blair Rudes, UB Today, accessed November 21, 2013.
  4. ^ The Blair A. Rudes Indigenous Language & History Collection, Coastal Carolina Indian Center, accessed November 21, 2013.
  5. ^ A Dead Indian Language Is Brought Back to Life, Washington Post, David A. Fahrenthold, December 12, 2006.
  6. ^ Memorial: Remembering Our Friend, Blair A. Rudes – Linguistics Advisor to CCIC, 28 March 2008, accessed November 21, 2013.