ILI Collaborates with Google for the Endangered Languages Project

Google and 29 other organizations including the Indigenous Language Institute form the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity that launched a website called the Endangered Languages Project, an online collaborative effort to protect global linguistic diversity.

The Endangered Languages Project is an online resource to record, access, and share samples of and research on endangered languages, as well as to share advice and best practices for those working to document or strengthen languages under threat. On the main page you can click on a dot on the interactive map and find a language where you can see videos, hear audio samples, or review Google books or articles. You can upload your own samples, share documents, videos, lesson plans, language samples, etc.

ILI is serving on the project's Advisory Committee, helping make the site a place where communities can post their materials to make it content-rich. The site is a work in progress and as of today, many language websites contain contain little content. It is designed to collect information form a diverse array of sources, from Indigenous language speakers to linguistics scholars.

One of the goals of this project, one that is the focus of ILI's efforts, is to ensure active, dynamic participation by indigenous communities, indigenous language programs and practitioners. It is important to collectively build the content with information, samples (language videos, audios, language materials, white papers, websites), etc. that can be shared across communities. The Google project team has made the interactive and participation process user-friendly. You can upload digital video and audio files, You Tube videos, and PDF documents right away!

"ILI is proud to be associated with Google on this important initiative, which we believe will be of immense use to Native Language teachers, activists and learners," said ILI Board of Directors President Gerald L. Hill (Oneida).

The Indigenous Language Institute has worked with Google since 2011 providing audio clips, video clips and other language resources for this site. Some of the videos are the Digital Stories some of you have created at ILI's technology workshops and on your own, which ILI is sharing widely. By entering the language in the Search box, you may find your Digital Story! We believe this will encourage other language activists to create and share their own.

Check out this website!

Young Ancestors

Documentary Follows Native Students Learning and Preserving Tewa Language

Excerpt from an article from Indian Country Today Media Network. An article by Vincent Schilling, August 14, 2012.

In November 2009, Santa Fe Preparatory School in Santa Fe, New Mexico sent out a newsletter announcing a self-study curriculum in which Native teenagers would study the Tewa language with the help of a mentor. When producer/director Aimée Broustra heard about it she decided to make a documentary.

"I knew this would be a story of inspiration and hope and it was a story that needed to be told," Broustra said during a radio interview on Talk 1260 KTRC.

"The teenagers in The Young Ancestors are motivated and enthusiastic about learning because they understand the symbiotic relationship between language and culture; that one cannot survive for too long without the other," Broustra says on the documentary's website, "In a broader context the documentary explores the burgeoning movement by Native Americans to revitalize their native languages in tribes throughout America."...

...In the film, the Native youth, who are all Tewa, spend hours learning the Tewa language with mentor Laura Kaye Eagles, a seventh grade literature teacher at Santa Fe Prep. The pilot program is administered with the Indigenous Language Institute to help revitalize Native languages. The students get language credit for studying Tewa, as opposed to studying French or Spanish.

"We're Native American, that's who we are and we're proud of it. We have that tradition backing us up," Jordan Naranjo says in the film.

"I could hear my ancestors before but now that I am learning the language, I feel connected with my ancestors in everything I do." Jeremy Montoya says.

To read the full article at Indian Country Today Media Network click here.

Watch The Young Ancestors Trailer on You Tube or The Young Ancestors website.

You can order the documentary DVD by emailing


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