Tlingit Alphabet Flash Cards

mathias | July 29, 2011

It just became easier to learn the Northwest Native language Tlingit “tleeng iht” (one of the most phonemically complex languages in the world, famous for distinguishing between 20 k-like sounds and 6 ch-like sounds). The Sealaska Heritage Institute (which created the Dictionary of Tlingit) created about 50 alphabet flash cards digitally through Flash called “Let’s [...]

ASU’s YES Academy Helps Salt River Pima-Maricopa 16-Year-Old Help Language

mathias | July 26, 2011

16-year-old Maleena Deer (of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community), 16, dreams of revitalizing her language through establishing pedagogical DVDs, internet resources and classes. The 3rd annual YES Academy at Arizona State University has helped her flesh out a working plan of action over four days, along with 20 other students with various entrepreneurial aspirations [...]

Cherokee Language Inspires Art Exhibit

mathias | July 25, 2011

From 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Tuesday – Friday) or 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Saturday) on Saturday, July 30th, 2011 – October 15th, 2011 you can view “Generations: Cherokee Language Through Art” at the Museum Center at 5ive Points (200 E. Inman St.) in Cleveland, Tennessee. This is an 85 piece exhibit with contributions [...]

Dakota Wicohan Helping Dakota

mathias | July 19, 2011

For three ears now, the organization Dakota Wicohan (Way of Life) has been trying to save Dakota, making a great documentary on the subject: “Land of 10,000 Stories: Reviving the Dying Dakota Language”. They estimate there are less than a dozen native Dakota speaking youths Minnesota, but that will perhaps rise due to a day-camp [...]

Write Obama to Help Native Languages

mathias | July 15, 2011

The LSA: Linguistic Society of America is urging you to write President Obama and ask him to sign the executive order on Native American language revitalization. Show your support for Native languages by printing out the template, signing it, and dropping it in the mailbox!

Breath of Life Conference Helps Tubatulabal Start Revitalizing Language

mathias | July 15, 2011

Four members of the Tubatulabal tribe of California (Louise Miranda-Akers, Sherry Click, Betsy Johnson, and Donna Miranda-Begay) were given $12,100 by the Tule River Indian Reservation for airfare and hotel stay which allowed them to attend the Breath of Life Conference in Washington D.C., where they found research vital to helping them understand their history [...]

Yup’ik and Inupiaq Healthy, but Other Alaskan Languages Need More Help

mathias | July 12, 2011

Many Alaskan languages have lots of help, from immersion schools and college degree programs for Yup’ik, to the University of Fairbanks’ Alaska Native Language Center and Alaska Native Language Archive with their recently updated map of Alaskan languages (with Native place names), to Guillaume Leduey and his work with Eyak. Professionals there, like associate professor [...]

A Good Summer for Cherokee

mathias | July 6, 2011

So far, this has been a great summer for Cherokee. It kicked off by the Cherokee Nation Foundation becoming the first Native American nation to endow a scholarship to Oklahoma State University (of $333,334), which was matched by the Pickens Legacy Scholarship Match to total 1 million. The Cherokee Nation Foundation’s mission is to provide [...]

Gloss Pictures with Sound Files with LiveAndTell thanks to a Lakota Programmer

mathias | July 5, 2011

32 year old South Dakota based programmer Biagio Arobba (Rosebud Lakota) has built a free, user-generated content site for sharing and learning languages (esp. endangered languages) called LiveAndTell, with accompanying Facebook page, which allows people to tag pictures with sound files. Collaborating with Oglala Lakota College and others to apply for funding through the NSF: [...]

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