Prairie Dog Language Translator

"Prairie Dog Language Translator."
Digital video, biological field recordings. 

An audio and video exploration of prairie dog communication, produced in collaboration with Dr. Con Slobodchikoff, Professor Emeritus in Biology at Northern Arizona University.

Dr. Slobodchikoff's research indicates that Gunnison's prairie dogs possess a proto-language with specific ‘words’ for different predators in their environment. The prairie dog vocalizations (deciphered through acoustic analysis) for “coyote”, “dog”, “hawk”, and “human” are juxtaposed here with corresponding footage to serve as  into prairie dog communication.