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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