Archive for December, 2009
A very short interview from Reznet with a teacher of Tohono O’odham, Janice Ramon.
Video and article here.
Here’s a video of a talk given by Dr Ofelia Zepeda, of the Tohono O’odham, at Arizona State University in 2009. In it, Dr Zepeda talks about native languages in general, but also lets us hear her speak in Tohono O’odham (formerly called Papago).
Video and short article here.
Here’s an article from Lubbock, TX about a Texas Tech anthropologist’s efforts at saving the Comanche language.
I’m not sure if this is the first film ever done in Inupiaq or not, but it might be the only one available for free on youtube. It’s a short film, about 15 minutes, about a murder that takes place on the frozen sea. In fact, the title itself means “on the ice”.Personally, I find the fact that the dialogue is in an indigenous language much more interesting than the story itself.
Incidentally, in 2008 Sikumi won the Jury Prize for short filmmaking at Sundance.
Dena’ina is a severely endangered Athabaskan language spoken in Alaska. KTUU recently had an article on efforts to save the language.
Qenaga, a site dedicated to the Dena’ina language.
A Dena’ina youtube Channel.
This blog’s youtube channel.
Here’s an very interesting article from the Smoky Moutain News about Cherokee revitalization in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina.
Here’s a short, related article on the same site.
A Minnesota group works to get rights to translate children’s books into Dakota and Ojibwe.