Archive for December, 2009

How to Speak Tohono O’odham

A very short interview from Reznet with a teacher of Tohono O’odham, Janice Ramon.

Video and article here.


December 31, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Dr. Ofelia Zepeda at ASU

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.

December 28, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment


Here’s an article from Lubbock, TX about a Texas Tech anthropologist’s efforts at saving the Comanche language.

Full story.

December 23, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Inupiaq language short film “Sikumi”

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.

Youtube video.

Official website.

December 21, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Preserving Dena’ina

Dena’ina is a severely endangered Athabaskan language spoken in Alaska. KTUU recently had an article on efforts to save the language.

Full story.


Qenaga, a site dedicated to the Dena’ina language.

A Dena’ina youtube Channel.

This blog’s youtube channel.

December 14, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Passing the torch

Here’s an very interesting article from the Smoky Moutain News about Cherokee revitalization in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina.

Full story.

Here’s a short, related article on the same site.

December 7, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Translating children’s books

A Minnesota group works to get rights to translate children’s books into Dakota and Ojibwe.

Full story.

December 2, 2009 at 12:46 pm Leave a comment