Published: April 18, 2023
Joe Dupris
this is their land poster

Dr. Joesph Dupris (Visiting Assitant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Linguistics) was featured in a recent CU Boulder today article. The piece spotlights the consultation and translation work Dr. Dupris performed for This is Their Land, a short film about a pivotal moment in Modoc Nation history, set in Modoc homelands, and likely the first ever filmed in maqlaqsyals (a tribal name for Modoc and Klamath languages).

Regarding the film and the larger, attendant project of language revitalization, Dr. Dupris noted, “We're using our language in the same land that we were exiled from. Those actors are helping to bring language back into our lands, while spreading it across the nation. And at a local level, this helps to initiate a turn toward land, language and equity.” 

Dr. Joesph Dupris received his PhD from the University of Arizona in Linguistics and Anthropology in 2020. He is enrolled in the Klamath Tribes (the Klamath, Modoc, and Yahooskin tribes of southern Oregon and northern California), and is of Modoc, Klamath, Paiute and Lakota descent.