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Indigenous Language Survival and Revitalization Workshop: Film, Radio, Web, and Growing Speakers from the Grassroots – Tools for the next 500 Years

On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at the 11th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, Cultural Survival, Living Tongues Institute, National Museum of the American Indian Film and Video Center, and Underrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) Montagnyard Youth Project are organizing a side-event on language revitalization tools. Join us.

Successful language revitalization efforts yielding fluent speakers to pass threatened languages on to future generations requires buy-in from Indigenous youth, who are often immersed daily in colonial languages courtesy of mainstream media and formal schooling. How do we inspire young people to become active learners and speakers of our ancient heritage languages? How can you mentor youth and foster language education and ceremonial opportunities in your own community? Join us for success stories from Indigenous communities recruiting & training “language bearers,” “language apprentices,” “language warriors,” and on-air DJ’s. Through community-produced film and web projects, and volunteer-run radio programming, our future leaders are embracing Indigenous languages, and the challenges of seeking out and maintaining the invaluable cultural, environmental, spiritual, and values-based knowledge embodied by our mother tongues.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
1.15 pm – 2.30 pm
Conference room,
13th floor,
2UN Plaza
New York, NY