Vanishing Voices is a series of multi-media works that encourage a reflection on interrupted linguistic heritage. When language transmission is broken we lose a unique knowledge of how a community perceived the world, and indeed how they perceived themselves.
Following the death of a language, the story may not be over, for at some point a community may wish to make contact with their interrupted linguistic heritage and thereby resurrect their language.
The Triptych represents the transition from a living language full of associations and potential (this stage is represented by thread weaving), through to a static phase when the last speaker dies, and finally on to an attempt at reviving the language in question.
Note: The titles are in Eyak, an extinct Na-Dené language historically spoken by the Eyak people, indigenous to south-central Alaska.
The last speaker of Eyak, Marie Smith Jones, died in 2008. The Eyak community has been trying to re-learn its language.