Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia announces digital edition of the Codex Mendoza

The bilingual digital edition of the Codex Mendoza is the first attempt in the world to create a digital resource that permits an in-depth study of a Mexican codex and that allows a virtual repatriation of it. Digital Codex Mendoza is freely available through its website and through the iTunes store. The resource is oriented […]

Free Books! a list of free e-pubs in the Ethnos Project Resources Database

Happy New Year! Here, have some free books! This collection of 29 e-publications spans the years 2002-2014 and contains over 3,000 pages of top-notch scholarship, hard-earned field wisdom, best practices and more. Yes, the list is a bit eclectic (and some items are fraying around the digital edges), but it does a fair job of […]

CFP: Decolonizing the Digital: First Peoples’ On-Line Presence

From the use of social media during the Idle No More movement to the growth of on-line magazines and educational platforms, Canada’s First Peoples are increasingly using the internet as a space of resistance, community development, and as a platform for sharing and preserving language and tradition. The essay collection Decolonizing the Digital: First Peoples’ […]

Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages: a digital archive of endangered Indigenous literature

Note: I just added this to the Resources Database, but felt that it should also be featured here in the blog. About the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages The Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages is an open access, online repository comprising digital versions of language materials produced in Literature Production Centres, language centres and other […]

Update: 1st Int’l Congress of Cultural Heritage and New Technologies schedule posted

This conference has concluded is now housed in the Resources Database. Back in July, I posted the CFP for the 1st International Congress of Cultural Heritage and New Technologies: A contemporary view. The Congress – being held in Mexico City from December 3-6 – is an effort to establish an academic and inclusive dialogue with […]

Fade Out: documenting the death of Zaachila Zapotec

I recently received a message from Andrea Ariza, linguist and co-creator of a documentary project called Fade Out: documenting the death of a language. She writes, “With this film we want to document the situation of Zaachila Zapotec, an under-described and endangered language of Mexico, the causes and consequences of its loss, as well as […]

The Kamusi Project: molecular lexicography and why they need your support now

Only a handful of the roughly-7,000 languages in the world have well-developed resources. This has the effect of excluding billions of people from modern opportunities for knowledge and prosperity. The Kamusi Project has developed an unparalleled system to gather and freely share all possible words in all possible languages. However, to do it right, they […]

ACORNS Linguistics Project releases new version of software for Indigenous language revitalization

Dan Harvey, Professor of Computer Science at Southern Oregon University, just announced the release of ACORNS 8.0 and the accompanying Sound Editor 2.0. The purpose of the ACORNS project is to support the language revitalization efforts of Native American tribes, hence the name: [AC]quisition [O]f [R]estored [N]ative [S]peech. The acorn is sacred to the tribes […]

Status of the Ethnosphere: New Statistics about Language Loss Across the World

Statistics and Folklore Despite popular and persistent statistics, we really do use more than 10% of our brains. We don’t actually eat an average of seven spiders a year, and suicide rates simply do not jump during the holidays. When statistics become sound bites, they sometimes become folklore. One such statistic I see periodically in […]

Cultural gaming: Iñupiat stories come alive in “Never Alone (Kisima Inŋitchuŋa)”

“A clear question, then, is can this powerful new medium be harnessed as a new platform for passing along wisdom from generation to generation in a culturally appropriate, engaging format?” Young people of every generation – to some degree – pull away from the mores, ideals, and traditions of their elders and redefine, refuse, and […]