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LIVING TONGUES ENDURING VOICES PROJECT

Enduring Voices Project

The Enduring Voices Project is a joint venture between Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages and National Geographic Society’s Missions Programs. Its goals are numerous but include the following non-exhaustive list:

i)      to help promote widespread social awareness of the global language extinction crisis,

ii)    to comprehensively document poorly known endangered languages,

iii)   to get up-to-date information on numbers of speakers, contemporary use and levels of endangerment an community-driven language movements on a the world’s endangered languages, where and when appropriate

iv)   to provide support in the form of language technology kits and community training and capacity building,

v)     to help support these indigenous movements in language revitalization and maintenance and

vi)   to provide a forum for endangered language media products to be enjoyed by the broadest spectrum of the public and endangered communities alike.

The areas visited by the Enduring Voices team concentrates on the Global Language Hotspots List as a guideline or roadmap. As of February 2011, the Enduring Voices team has made visits to a number of different locations, each expedition having its own specific goals.

The first visit was to Northern Australia in 2007, where we learned about best practice in indigenous language revitalization, visiting various communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. We met with speakers of a range of languages.

An exploratory visit to learn about the current state of the secret Kallawaya language and the endangered Chipaya language of Bolivia was also undertaken in 2007.

In 2008, Enduring Voices twice visited the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, where the team has been working on learning about the state of the Hruso (Aka) language, and began a long-term documentation of the little known Koro Aka language.

In 2008 and 2009, the Enduring Voices crew visited Northern California, home of the Winnemem Wintu, and Oklahoma to learn about the work being done by the Sac and Fox Nation on their Sauk language.

2009 also saw visits to the Paraguay, where Enduring Voices has begun to support work on the Yshyr Chamacoco language, and to Papua New Guinea, where Enduring Voices has started work helping to support the revitalization of the Matukar Panau language, and started a documentation of the Panim language, both of Madang Province. Data was also collected on the number of speakers, use and vitality of a range of other languages of PNG including the Yokoim (Karawari), Karim (Yimas) and Wamut (Nanubae) language of East Sepik Province, the Huli, Duna, Ipili, Etoro and Foe languages of South Highlands Province and the Panim and  Wagi Ne languages of Madang Province.

2010 saw another visit to the Koro Aka in Arunachal Pradesh and a Language Revitalization Workshop held in Santa Fe New Mexico.

The most recent Enduring Voices trip was in January 2011 to assess the vitality of the Huillichesungun and Tsesungun languages of south central Chile and the Mapudungun language of central Chile.

In August-September 2011, Living Tongues Fellow and Project Coordinator Anna Luisa Daigneault went on a follow-up trip to South America to connect with language activists in Chile as well as Peru. She worked on an ethnographic archiving project with the Yanesha people of the Peruvian Amazon, worked with various speakers of Mapudungun dialects in Chile, and continued an ongoing dictionary project collaborating with Andres Ozuna, Yshyr-Chamacoco language activist of northern Paraguay. Download her field report here.

 
 

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