Languages contain a wealth of cultural knowledge. Languages have unique oral histories, performance art, and ways of communicating. They also contain unique figures of speech, inspiring idioms, and amusing vocabulary. Languages are aesthetically valuable,
and direct translations between languages always lose the essence of the originating language's meaning. Endangered languages should be preserved, so people can access and enjoy their language.
Speakers of endangered languages work to revive their language for many reasons, including cultural connection. For example, members of the Cherokee tribe in the Eastern Band worked together to create a language immersion school for children where classes, including science and math, are taught in Cherokee.
By the 1960s, the Miami language
spoken by the Miami Tribe in the U.S. Midwest was extinct, but thanks to work by Miami speakers, the language is taught at Miami University in Ohio.
Members of such people groups with an endangered language want to know their cultural heritage, so they take great lengths to revive the language.