Jessie Little Doe Baird

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Jessie Little Doe Baird
Born (1963-11-18) November 18, 1963 (age 54)
Residence Mashpee, Massachusetts
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Occupation Linguist
Notable work "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 master's degree from the 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, Baird began teaching the Wôpanâak language at tribal sites in Mashpee and Aquinnah.[7][8]

She is featured in a PBS documentary on language revival, "We Still Live Here – Âs Nutayuneân", directed by Anne Makepeace.[9]

She also serves as the Vice-Chairwoman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council. [10]

In 2017, Jessie Little Doe Baird received an honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences from Yale University.[11]


  1. ^ "Inspired By A Dream". MIT Spectrum. Spring 2001. 
  2. ^ " : MACARTHUR GRANT FOR WAMPANOAG REVIVAL". Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Jessie Little Doe (official website): CV Archived 2013-08-10 at the Wayback Machine., 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) (PDF). MIT. 
  6. ^ "The Long-Dead Native Language Wopânâak is Revived". Yankee Magazine. December 2012. Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  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. 
  10. ^ "Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe ~ Tribal Council". Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Retrieved 2014-12-24. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Jessie Little Doe Baird Receives Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences | Yale Group for the Study of Native America (YGSNA)". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 

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