Posts tagged ‘iroquoian’
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.
Letterpress to Print Cherokee Language Arrives at Oconaluftee Institute
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.
The intro is here.
You can view additional videos on Cherokee, Shawnee and Nipmuc on the same page. The Nipmuc teacher, David Tall Pine White, is also featured in this article.
Probably the most famous of all the Iroqouian-speaking peoples are the Cherokee , but there are others. Names like Mohawk and Oneida will sound familiar to most, though the identification might not go further than hairstyles and appliances.
But these are actually names of Iroquoian-speaking tribes in the northern US and southern Canada. Like nearly all native peoples in the US, their languages are endangered. Here are a few links to some of their revival efforts.
Mohawk lessons at Languagegeek.com
Kanienkehaka.com has some information on standardizing Mohawk.
Ohwejagehka: Iroquoian languages in general.
And last but not least today is the highly endangered language, Mingo.