INTERIM DIRECTOR, WÔPANÂAK LANGUAGE RECLAMATION PROJECT, MASHPEE, MA
Tracy Kelley “Wunushq” is a proud member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. She was born and raised on the unceded territory of the Mashpee Wampanoag where she lives her purpose through youth work and language reclamation. She has been growing with Wôpanâôt8âôk (Wampanoag language) since the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project’s inception in 1993, as a language apprentice, student, instructor, illustrator, author, newly credentialed linguist, and most recently, Interim Director. Ms. Kelley recently received her Master of Science degree in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as part of MIT’s Indigenous Language Initiative where she studied theoretical linguistic coursework while simultaneously advancing her community’s language needs. She increased the tribe’s accessibility to their language through the creation of digital materials by developing a website for tribal households. Ms. Kelley has maintained a commitment to her community through her passion for Indigenous language and the generational healing that accompanies the language reclamation process.