Technology and Language Revitalization: A Conspectus

Increasingly the world’s indigenous people are recognizing the value of using digital environments in the battle against the extinction of their languages and cultures (Hermes & King 2013).  Likewise as indigenous languages become increasingly visible on the internet, perceptions of them as antiquated, irrelevant or anachronistic in the Information Age are being challenged. Thanks to sites […]

A great debate: to show or not to show the Ngintaka songline exhibit – and who should decide?

Three articles that capture the current cultural debate around an Aborignal Australian songlines exhibit… Songlines project sparks indigenous culture war March 22, 2014, from a post written by Nicolaus Rothwell It seemed like a dream arts project for the remote western desert’s Aboriginal communities — a research and exhibition series sponsored by great educational and […]

Rising Voices announces 2014 Microgrants for Citizen Media Outreach Projects

From an ILAT posting by Eddie Avila… Rising Voices has launched the 2014 Microgrants for Citizen Media Outreach Projects. Perhaps there are people on this list who might be interested in teaching others in their communities how to use digital/citizen media for language preservation and revitalization. But we are open to all types of projects […]

Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho’ (Language Healers) tells the story of Indigenous language revitalization

About the Film From the website: Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho’ (Language Healers) (2014, 40 min) tells the story of Native Peoples fighting to revitalize their languages. From Alaska to Oklahoma and Wisconsin to Montana, we witness stories about the importance of saving Native languages and meet some of the people who are working hard to heal these […]

Apply now! Coding for Language Communities 2014

This post is adapted from Global Native Networks. It’s no secret that a handful of languages dominate the online space. A paper published last October in the journal PLOSOne (aptly titled “Digital Language Death”) found that less than five percent of the current world languages are in use online. Offline, around 7,776 languages are in use today. […]

Nyungar Knowledge Networks: an Aboriginal online encyclopedia

Excerpt from “New media to throw a lifeline to an ancient language” published February 11, 2014 on the University of Western Australia website. A new project will create the world’s first Aboriginal online encyclopedia as a way of preserving the ancient and endangered Noongar language – one of Australia’s biggest Aboriginal language groups. Professor Leonard […]

#imld14: International Mother Language Day

Today is designated International Mother Language Day by UNESCO. From the UNESCO IMLD site: International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two […]

Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods – a presentation by Dr. Shawn Wilson

Modified from post originally published on the Red River College Applied Research blog. Join Red River College and Dr. Shawn Wilson, a Manitoba-born Indigenous people research expert visiting from Australia, to learn about and explore the realm of Indigenous research. Wilson’s book, entitled “Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods” examines the philosophy underlying Indigenous peoples’ […]

Indigenous New Media Symposium 2014

The Indigenous New Media Symposium aims to bring together Native American and First Nation media makers and creative activists to discuss how new media platforms are being used in the indigenous community to educate, organize, entertain, and advocate.  In the past few years blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other tools have become important mechanisms to […]

Creating Digital Maps to Help Preserve Cultural Heritage of Kamchatka Community

Originally published on the UA News website by Yara Askar (January 29, 2014). Excerpt University of Arizona anthropologist Benedict Colombi is leading a public-private project to help a Russian indigenous people preserve its language and cultural knowledge. The workshop and mapping project in Kamchatka stemmed from UA anthropologist Benedict Colombi’s work with both indigenous peoples […]