Archive for October, 2010
A site for Abenaki, a highly endangered Algonguian language spoken in the area of Ontario, New Hampshire and Vermont.
from the Times Record Online
Native culture is now pop culture as Cherokee language software is available on Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch devices, a Cherokee Nation news release states.
“People communicate differently today. Including our language on the iPhone and iPod makes it accessible to more people, especially our youth. This is critical to the survival and growth of our language,” Principal Chief Chad Smith said.
More than 300 million Apple users worldwide can use the language in e-mails, text messages and across all iPhone and iPod Touch platforms, the release states. Now application developers can easily create new Cherokee applications.
Cherokee is one of about 40 languages available on Apple devices and it is the first native language to be featured, the release states.
Apple added the Plantagenet Cherokee font to its MacOs operating system in 2003, and the release of the iOS 4.1 operating system brought the language to the company’s mobile devices.
The public can access the new feature by updating to iOS 4.1. It is available as a free download from iTunes. Instructions on how to set up and use the Cherokee syllabary keyboard are available at www.cherokee.org, the release states.
$500,ooo to a program which works to revive a long-sleeping Native American language.