Great Language Resources!

There are many organizations doing great work for endangered languages all over the world.  The following URL’s link to these organizations’ websites, where you can read about their efforts to preserve and revitalize the linguistic diversity of the world.  Check out their websites and learn about all of the work being done – and how you can help!

http://www.firstvoices.com/en/apps

FirstVoices has a collection of language learning apps for smartphones and tablets.

http://www.indigenous-language.org/

This links to the Indigenous Language Institute, which hosts workshops, funds research, and provides other language related services.

http://wil.cdh.ucla.edu/

Links to the Wiki for Indigenous Languages.  A site where entries are created and maintained by speakers of the languages.

http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/

This is a link to Google and the Alliance for Linguistic Developments’ Endangered Language Project.

http://www.unesco.org/culture/languages-atlas/

This link goes to UNESCO’s interactive map of World Languages in Danger.

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/enduring-voices/

This is National Geographic’s Enduring Voices Project, which works to document and further understand the endangered languages of the world.

http://www.livingtongues.org/

‘Living Tongues’ is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting and revitalizing endangered languages around the world.

http://www.ethnologue.com/

This site provides a comprehensive list of all living world languages and gives an estimated number of speakers.

http://www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/

The Endangered Language Fund is another important organization focused on supporting endangered language preservation and documentation projects.

http://www.terralingua.org/

Terralingua is an NGO working to sustain the biocultural diversity of life – or the linguistic, biological, and cultural diversity of the world.

 

 

 

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Smithsonian Folklife Festival Highlights Endangered Languages

Looking for something to do this summer that is fun, free, and supporting endangered languages?  Have you ever wanted to sit and have a conversation with Kalmyk epic singers or learn from the Passamaquoddy basketmakers from Maine?  That’s all possible, and more, at the “One World, Many Voices” event this summer!

This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival will focus on the diversity of Endangered Languages from all over the world, including Siletz Dee-Ni, Passamaquoddy, and many others.  “One World, Many Voices” will feature lots of exciting talks, performances, crafts, musicians, storytellers, dancers, and hands-on activities from a wide array of cultural experts.

The festival is going to be on the National Mall in Washington, DC from June 26-30 and July 3-7.  Admission is free for everyone and fun for all ages, so check it out if you are near Washington, DC during any of those dates!  A full schedule can be found on the Folklife Festival website.

On the site, you can also find a cool Endangered Languages Story map where you can learn a bit about some of the languages that will be highlighted and what speakers are doing to revitalize and save their language.  So, go, learn, and have a great time!

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Bi-Lingual Kiowa-English Children’s Book Published!

Looking for a fun way to learn Kiowa?  Look no further!

“Saynday Kiowa Indian Children’s Stories” is a bi-lingual (Kiowa-English) children’s book that  is filled with tons of funny, easy-to-read trickster stories that will be sure to have you laughing while you are learning.  The best part is that the book is great for all ages – not just kids!

The stories were written by Modina M. (Toppah) Waters 12 years ago and have recently been published thanks to the Sam Noble Museum, the Univeristy of Oklahoma and the KIOWA KIDS language program with the help of the Endangered Language Fund.  Waters was inspired by the stories her mother used to tell about the trickster Saynday and all of his adventures and antics.

To find out more information and to purchase to book, visit the KIOWA KIDS website.   All of the proceeds go towards Kiowa language community teaching and events.

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A Beautiful Website Telling Even More Beautiful Stories

Looking for some good news about Native Languages?

“The Ways” is an inspirational website produced by Wisconsin Media Lab that tells stories from the Native Communities around the Great Lakes. The site includes a beautiful video series and also an interactive map that tells the history of the Native communities in an easy to understand and engaging way.

The video stories are stunningly made.  Each one highlights and explores contemporary Native culture and language in a unique way.  So far there are 4, including a stories about a Native American rapper, Powwows, Lake Superior Whitefish, and there will be many more to come.

The following video shares the story of a father who is teaching his daughter Menominee as her first language:

Be sure to bookmark the website and check back for more videos!

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‘Star Wars’ to be Translated into Diné

 

Amazing news, we have.

The Navajo Nation has been given the green light from Lucasfilms to dub the original ‘Star Wars’ films into Diné.  It will be the first major film to be dubbed in the language, and the first time ‘Star Wars’ has been dubbed into any Native American language.    The Navajo Nation Museum and the Parks and Recreation Department are hoping to keep people speaking Diné and to encourage new speakers.

The film will debut at the Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, New Mexico on July 4th, and will be shown in theaters around New Mexico later in the year.

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Fantastic Website for Learning Sauk Language

The Sac & Fox Nation have created a website to help teach people the Sauk Language. On the site are many resources to help making learning the language easy, including YouTube videos, dictionaries, games, stories, and workbook pages. The website is user-friendly, fun, and helpful for both children and adults. Also available on the website is a FREE copy of “Conversational Sauk, A Practical Guide to the Language of Black Hawk”.

You can also go to their Facebook page to find out information about community language classes and other updates.

Here is one of their videos where you can learn how to count to 10 in the Sauk Language:

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Join Konta and Hottok every Monday as They Go On an Adventure!

The Chickasaw nation has started a fun new series called “Ofi’ Toklo” or “Two Dogs” to help children learn new Chickasaw words and phrases.  Each episode stars two pups named Konta and Hottok as they go on an adventure.  The episodes are kid friendly, educational, and interactive.  These videos are so fun that kids are going to want to watch them over and over!  New episodes are uploaded every Monday, so be sure to check back on their website each week to see what Konta and Hottok are up to, and to learn some new words!

 

Here is the first episode, called ‘Thirsty’:

You can watch the entire series here:

http://www.chickasaw.tv/#/children/gallery/132,0

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Great Upcoming Conference on Indigenous Languages!

Northern Arizona University’s College of Education is holding an endangered language conference from June 2-4, 2013 in Flagstaff, AZ. It will be the 20th annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium and the 4th American Indian/Indigenous Teacher Education Conference.

The conference is meant for language activists and community, K-12, preschool, college, and university educators. There will be a variety of panels, workshops, and papers presented to help encourage discussion about how to enrich lives and improve education for Indigenous children.

The goals of the conference, as listed on their website are:

  • To bring together community and language activists, educators, school administrators, school board members, tribal officials, and parents to share ideas and experiences on how to improve education and language revitalization programs for Indigenous communities.
  • To provide a forum for exchange of scholarly research on Indigenous language revitalization and teaching Indigenous children.
  • To disseminate through a monograph and web site recent research and thinking on Indigenous education and language revitalization best practices.

You can find more information and also register on their website:

http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~jar/AIE/conf.html

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