Robert Rankin, a KU linguistics professor who spent much of his career researching and documenting the Kaw language, died last week. He worked with the Kaw nation throughout much of his career, helping preserve their language that was quickly becoming forgotten.
Rankin helped produce tapes of the surviving speakers of the Kaw language, ensuring future generations would have access to the language. He continued working with Kaw Nation, serving as a consultant with language directors and helping publish the “Kanza Reader.”
Read more on Rankin's career and contribution to the Kaw language in the article from the Wichita Eagle.