Indigenous

Linguistic Diversity Declines in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea—frequently heralded as the most linguistically diverse place in the entire world—is in the middle of a language crisis. According to a new report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...

Canadian MP Honors Indigenous Natives, Gives Speech in Mohawk

Marc Miller, a Quebec member of parliament, addressed the House of Commons in Kanien’kéha, the language of the Mohawk tribe. This marks the first...

Māori People Find Representation in Moana

A new translation of the Disney film Moana has been released in New Zealand. The film was translated by New Zealand native who worked on the original English-language version, Taiki Waititi, and his sister...

Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit’s Annual Language Award Seeking Nominations

An important part of Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit’s work an award program to recognize outstanding achievement by an organization, groups and/or individuals who are contributing to the development, promotion or protection of the Inuit Language. The...

Native Language Programs Awarded Grants through NEH

Three Native American language projects have been announced to have received funding from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH). One such project titled "Translating Cherokee Manuscripts" has been a grant of awarded $99,957 from...

Alaskans First to Receive Seal of Biliteracy in Native Tongue

The Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD) is roughly the size of West Virginia, with 22 schools spread across a remote area of Alaska’s Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. There are no roads, and the...

University of Guam Wins Grant for CHamoru

The University of Guam will begin work to formally document and create a repository for the CHamoru language through a grant awarded to the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, according to the university....

New Site Chronicles Endangered and Under-Documented Languages

The Pangloss Collection, an open archive containing more than 3600 audio and video recordings in 170 languages from across all continents, is now being revamped with a new website. Examples from the archive include stories and...

2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages IY2019

The United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) to help preserve indigenous languages and safeguard the rights of those who speak them. According to the IY2019 website, “Languages play a...

“Nothing for us without us”: Roadmap for Decade of Indigenous Languages

More than 500 participants from 50 countries, including government ministers, indigenous leaders, researchers, public and private partners, and other stakeholders and experts, adopted the Los Pinos Declaration, at the end of “Making a decade...
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