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Recap of Native Language News Highlights

mathias | January 4, 2012

“Indian Country Today” published an article toward the end of 2011 recapping highlights in Native language news over the past year. SAIVUS reported on nearly all of them: • Ojibwe • Lakota • Squamish • Wampanoag • Cherokee • Inuktitut

FaveQuest Creates First Inuktitut App

mathias | October 4, 2011

FaveQuest gave its calendar app Inuktitut language support by working with a native speaker recommended by The Canada Council for the Arts. The making of the app was a technological that required them to override the phone’s default settings (which don’t accommodate Native languages) and enable character support for the Inuktitut syllabary. Such can be [...]

Indigenous Tweets

mathias | March 31, 2011

One of the best way to practice your Native language fluency and keep up with contemporary vocabulary is by deciphering Indigenous Tweets. Many Native languages are featured including Hawaiian, Cherokee, Mikmaq and Inuktitut! Comic from Grimmy by Mike Peters 03/25/2011. For more information, refer to Living Languages.

Watch an Inuktitut Documentary on Climate Change in NYC

mathias | March 24, 2011

Watch the world’s first Inuktitut documentary on climate change “Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change” by Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theatre, on Sunday the 27th at 2 PM EST. Elders explain their visions and insights about the future of their homeland, a voice often [...]

Race for Native Language Technology

mathias | February 25, 2011

Around UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day (February 21, 2011), K. David Harrison, Director of Research of the Living Tongues Institute, which recently teamed up with National Geographic’s Enduring Voices project, recently pointed to the role of technology in helping endangered languages flourish in the digital age – like chatrooms for Cherokee, web browser for Inuktitut [...]

Native Languages Make Native Movies Better

mathias | January 25, 2011

According to Screen Junkies.com, The 10 Best American Indian Movies of All Time are “Dances with Wolves” (1990), “Last of the Mohicans” (1992), “Little Big Man” (1970), “Fort Apache” (1948), “Nanook of the North” (1922), “The New World” (2005), “The Fast Runner” a.k.a. “Atanarjuat” (2001), “Smoke Signals” (1998), “Apache” (1954), an “Apocalypto” (2006). Half of [...]

Inupiaq Rosetta Stone Software

mathias | January 20, 2011

Shortly after finishing their Navajo Rosetta Stone software (and numerous software for Native languages in the past: Mohawk, Inuktitut, Chitimacha), Anchorage News reported the Rosetta Stone (Endangered Language Program) founded in 2004 is currently working on Inupiaq language learning software. Their strategy is to send people to record sound files, then a team of three [...]

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