Friday, July 22, 2011

Warrior Hall of Fame -- Jessie “Little Doe” Baird

Jessie “Little Doe” Baird is hereby inducted into the No Excuses Warrior Hall of Fame and designated as one of an Elite Group of Leaders. 

Jessie Little Doe Baird with daughter Mae
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Warrior Baird heeded the call of her ancestors to learn and teach the dead language of the Wampanoag nation to her people.  With piercing intensity, she overcame limiting beliefs and circumstances to serve as a model in collaboration and a community leader. “We Still Live Here” captures part of her journey. Here is the trailer:

Warrior Baird wielded disciplined psychological hardiness to acquire the skill to translate a written language into a spoken language. She is the founder and program director of Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project. Through this project and a MacArthur Genius award she is currently mentoring and teaching members of her community to increase the fluency level of adult speakers. With enough adult speakers, the organizational goal is to create lesson plans and a school to teach the Wampanoag children. 

If you want to see unflinching warrior courage achieve mind blowing results please take the opportunity to see the film. It is inspiring and filled with hope (two critical resources of individual and organizational resilience). It is featured in many film festivals and will be airing on PBS on November 17th, 2011.

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