Tag: indigenous

Let’s Talk COVID-19

Conversemos COVID-19 (Let’s Talk COVID-19) is an initiative produced by the Indigenous and Diasporic Language Consortium at the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in collaboration with CUNY Mexican Studies Institute, Kichwa Hatari, and the Linguistics Summer School Bolivia, aimed at offering valuable information about the coronavirus pandemic in various Indigenous and diasporic languages widely spoken in...

New Dictionary Preserves Rare Indigenous language Umpithamu of Cape York, Australia

Jean-Christophe Verstraete, a professor of linguistics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, worked closely with two sisters who were the last speakers of Umpithamu to create a new dictionary. The Dictionary was released as a 500-page book and an audio app on which their voices were recorded for posterity. Published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Australia Hosts Twitter Takeover for Indigenous Languages

In celebration of the 13th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, ALNF partnered with Twitter Australia to celebrate; Indigenous languages and amplify Indigenous voices across the platform. In a world first, Twitter Australia’s account was hosted by a number of First Nations peoples, each sharing exclusive voice Tweets in a variety of Indigenous Languages...

Pandemic Highlights Importance of Indigenous Self-Determination: UN Rights Chief

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to ensure the world’s indigenous people have control over their own communities, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has affirmed. Michelle Bachelet described the pandemic as “a critical threat” to indigenous communities everywhere, at a time when many are also struggling against man-made environmental damage and economic depredation. “Overall, the pandemic hammers...

Learn Indigenous Languages through ASMR

Native Montreal Youth Council has launched Indigenous Whispers in response to COVID-19 isolation. Inspired by the concept of ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response), the group aims to reach out to their community with content to will hopefully relax, reassure, and inspire feelings of safety by sharing the beauty and imagery of Indigenous languages, says Native Montreal. “We invite you to...

Mississauga Nation Launches Online Language Initiatives; Partners with Conservationists

According to CBC, the Mississauga Nation is launching a three-pronged initiative online to revitalize culture, language and identity in its communities. "I think people want to be connected to culture, and that's what they were telling us," Sean Conway, a member of Curve Lake First Nation and one of three community liaisons who have been working in the Mississauga communities...

Nahuatl Folktales Translated into English

The Latino Book Review has released a free online archive of English translations of Nahuatl folktales. The stories were translated to English from the native Nahuatl folktales collected by Pablo González Casanova in Cuentos Indígenas, which was published by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Cuentos Indígenas, which was originally published in 1946, features Nahuatl folktales translated into...

“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 of action for indigenous languages,” a two-day event in Mexico City, organized by UNESCO and Mexico. The declaration places indigenous peoples at the center of...

PhD Student Makes History as First to Defend Thesis in Quechua

A doctoral student in Peru, Roxana Quispe Collantes, is the first to write and defend a thesis in Quechua. The indigenous language, which boasts over eight million speakers, is widely known for being the main language of the Incan Empire and is the second most-spoken language in Peru. Despite its popularity, the language has been largely absent in academia,...

UN Proclaims International Decade of Indigenous Languages

The UN General Assembly last month proclaimed 2022–2032 the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, inviting Indigenous peoples—as custodians— to initiate ideas for preserving this endangered facet of their cultural and social life, as it adopted 60 resolutions and one decision recommended by its Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural). The proclamation of a decade is strongly supported by a...
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