Uchinaaguchi (the Okinawan language) is a language NOT a dialect! Stop saying it is a dialect!
うちなーぐちや くとぅば あいびん、「方言」あらん！「方言」やみー はなさ！
University of Hawaii News recently published an article talking about how Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask was presented an award by the American Studies Association for her scholastic work for the public good. Dr. Trask is a hugely important figure not only for Hawaiians, but for other indigenous peoples around the world, such as Okinawans and Native Americans.
Here’s the link to the article:
In 1973 Marlon Brando turned down an Oscar for his role in the Godfather due to the poor treatment of Native Americans in the film industry, and in American society in general. He asked Sacheen Littlefeather to read a speech at the Oscar’s for him, but she was not allowed to, and was booed, heckled, and even threatened with physical violence by John Wayne. For the first time in 45 years, Littlefeather reads her speech: