Update: 1st International Congress of Cultural Heritage and New Technologies schedule posted

Back in July, I posted the CFP for the 1st International Congress 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 representatives of other national and international institutions, while showcasing the INAH’s use […]

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 […]

Indigenas Digitais – ICTs and Brazilian Indigenous communities

I recently learned about this documentary from @simsa0 who pointed me to this posting on Intercontinental Cry magazine. – Cheers, Mark Indigenas Digitais is a 2010 documentary directed by Sebastian Gerlic and produced by Thydêwá about the use of information communication technologies by Brazilian Indigenous tribes to improve human rights and promote positive social change […]

CFP: 1st International Congress of Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (Mexico City)

Call for Proposals The National Institute of Anthropology and History (Mexico) announces the 1st International Congress of Cultural Heritage and New Technologies: a contemporary view. This post has been translated from Spanish. Please read the original CFP below. The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has a mission to safeguard cultural heritage by looking […]

Loving and Leaving Mother: The Passing of Chester Nez

Earlier this month, a significant chapter in indigenous history came to a close with the death of 93-year-old Chester Nez in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Jan. 23, 1921 – June 4, 2014). Chester was not the name given to him as an infant by his Navajo parents. He no longer remembered that name. Chester was the […]

Digital Archive of Ritual Poetry (DARP) prototype for preserving intangible cultural heritage

English Translation Original in Spanish INAH digital prototype designed to preserve Intangible Cultural Heritage (a loose translation from Spanish – please see the next tab for the article in its original form – source) The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Mexico City, Mexico, takes advantage of technological advances for the preservation and […]