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Samoan Language Week Starts Today, June 01, 2011 (New Zealand Time)

mathias | May 31, 2011

Samoan Language Week kicks off in New Zealand (Where Samoan is the third most commonly spoken language) at Wellington East Girls’ College, right on on Samoan Independence Day. O fanau a tagata e fafaga i upu, a o fanau a manu e fafaga i fugalaau. The young of birds are fed with the blossoms of [...]

Hawaiian Immersion Program in Washington

Richard Littauer | May 31, 2011

Several Hawaiian educators recently traveled to Washington to talk to the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Specifically, they were talking about the success and worth of immersion programs in native languages. “These languages are crucial to Native American literature, ceremonial life, spirituality, kinship practices, and overall indigenous identity,” said Namaka Rawlins, a liaison from [...]

Help Native Languages by Interning as a Linguist over the Summer for SAIVUS and/or VizLingo

mathias | May 10, 2011

The Society to Advance Indigenous Vernaculars of the United States (SAIVUS) is associated with VizLingo, a social-media company above Tumblr., which is creating the world’s first global visual language. Essentially, the program they’re inventing garnishes text with video clips, allowing word definitions (and entire worldviews) to be seen in conjunction with how they are written [...]

Great Cherokee Nation Symposium Was Held in Mid April 2011

mathias | May 10, 2011

Northeastern State University’s Annual 39th Cherokee Nation Symposium ran from April 11th – 16th, which was, as always, free to the public thanks to financial support from the Oklahoma Humanities Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, Muscogee Creek Nation Casino, Proctor and Gamble and numerous private donors. Native speaking Cherokee linguist and University [...]

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