In this Phil Borges keynote, the world traveler and photographer talks about the rapid decline of indigenous cultures and languages.
There are over 6,000 languages in the world and roughly 3,000 of those languages are not spoken by the children of those cultures. This means that roughly every two weeks when an elder dies, they are taking with them the last spoken words of their people. The driving philosophies, world views and beliefs are extinguished as generations aren’t able to effectively pass down their heritage.
Phil Borges started a group that aims to teach and provide the tools necessary for indigenous youth to be able to tell their stories through digital media. Children in remote areas of the world are being given workshops on how to use pictures, videos and slides in order to connect and thereby preserve their beautiful stories and cultures with a wider audience.