Recovering Voices

Recovering Voices Recovering Voices is an initiative led by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History that promotes the documentation and revitalization of the world’s endangered languages and knowledge.
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10/19/2020

Please circulate the following to your various networks and or consider applying - this 10 week fellowship is a wonderful opportunity for a graduate student (MA or PhD candidate) to apply for a short-term fellowship focused on anthropological studies related to contemporary indigenous communities, linguistics and endangered languages, or cultural diversity. Applications are due November 1st. Details are below about the terms of the fellowship and how to apply.

https://www.smithsonianofi.com/fellowship-opportunities/filling-graduate-student-fellowship-anthropology/

Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America - AILLA
09/10/2020
Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America - AILLA

Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America - AILLA

The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) is delighted to announce the launch of a free online course called Archiving for the Future: Simple Steps for Archiving Language Documentation Collections. The course is a resource to aid people of all backgrounds in organizing born-digital and digitized language materials and data for deposit into any digital repository (not just AILLA) for long-term preservation and accessibility.

The course material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. BCS-1653380. The course is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

Read the full press release in English here: https://texlibris.lib.utexas.edu/2020/09/08/archiving-for-the-future-ailla-launches-free-online-course/

Access the course here: https://archivingforthefuture.teachable.com/

Check out these amazing films!
09/10/2020
He Hekenga Tūhura | VMFF | Vision Maker Media

Check out these amazing films!

Just weeks before his passing, Sir Hector Busby discusses a legacy of celestial navigation and waka carving, considering who will carry the knowledge into the future.

Recovering Voices is saddened by the loss of our colleague Robert Laughlin (1934-2020), Curator Emeritus (Mesoamerica Et...
06/25/2020
Robert Laughlin, Preserver of a Mayan Language, Dies at 85

Recovering Voices is saddened by the loss of our colleague Robert Laughlin (1934-2020), Curator Emeritus (Mesoamerica Ethnology).

As a group we have been inspired by and are deeply appreciative of his long-term work towards linguistic and cultural revitalization and documentation with Tzotzil speakers. This collaborative work resulted in numerous publications (see https://naturalhistory.si.edu/staff/robert-laughlin) and helping to form Sna Jtz'ibajom, the Tzotzil-Tzeltal Maya writers' cooperative and Teatro Lo'il Maxil, The Monkey Business Theatre.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/science/robert-laughlin-preserver-of-a-mayan-language-dies-at-85.html

His monumental dictionary, after years of field work, documented Tzotzil in southern Mexico. But that was just the start of his efforts to preserve the culture.

Elsipogtog Health & Wellness Centre
04/10/2020

Elsipogtog Health & Wellness Centre

Medicine wheel developed by EHWC staff on EHWC logo.

The Center for Circumpolar Studies
04/10/2020
The Center for Circumpolar Studies

The Center for Circumpolar Studies

Here’s a list of free digital Inuktut books produced in partnership with QIA. They’re available for download to enjoy at home with your family.

Today is #InternationalMotherLanguageDay! Celebrate by joining us at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History fo...
02/21/2020

Today is #InternationalMotherLanguageDay! Celebrate by joining us at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History for Day 2 of the Fifth Annual Mother Tongue Film Festival! All events today take place at NMNH starting at 11:00am in Q?rius and later starting at 4:00pm in the Baird Auditorium. All events are FREE and open to the public! #MotherTongue2020 Full program: https://mothertongue.si.edu/

Blood Quantum screening at #MotherTongue2020 is officially *SOLD OUT*!! Book your seats to our other free ticketed scree...
02/20/2020

Blood Quantum screening at #MotherTongue2020 is officially *SOLD OUT*!!

Book your seats to our other free ticketed screenings Restless River and Vai before they sell out! Check out our Mother Tongue Film Festival events pages for more info.

The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gMaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the #zombie plague. Come see Blood Quantum Saturday Feb 22nd 8pm at NYU DC. #MotherTongue2020 @tripgore #bloodquantummovie

Join us TONIGHT for the Opening Night of the 5th annual #MotherTongueFilmFestival! Doors open at 6pm @SmithsonianNMAI fo...
02/20/2020

Join us TONIGHT for the Opening Night of the 5th annual #MotherTongueFilmFestival! Doors open at 6pm @SmithsonianNMAI for our reception including a performance from the @uptownboyzdc followed by Restless River @IsumaTV

The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gMaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants...
02/19/2020

The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gMaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the #zombie plague. Come see Blood Quantum Saturday Feb 22nd 8pm at NYU DC. #MotherTongue2020 @tripgore #bloodquantummovie

Closing Night of the #MotherTongueFilmFesitval will feature One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk from acclaimed directo...
02/19/2020

Closing Night of the #MotherTongueFilmFesitval will feature One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk from acclaimed director Zacharias Kunuk. Set in Kapuivik, north Baffin Island 1961, were Noah Piugattuk’s nomadic Inuit band live and hunt by dog team as his ancestors did. When a white man known as Boss arrives what appears to be a chance meeting soon opens the prospect of momentous change. Come see One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk ,Sunday Feb 23rd at Georgetown University. IsumaTV

02/17/2020

Jesús Pat Chablé aka Pat Boy raps in his mother tongue of #Yucatec #Mayan carrying a message of indigenous pride as part of ADN Maya, a collective of artists from the Yucatecan Peninsula who all sing in Maya. See Te Gusta (uts taj wich) Saturday Feb 22nd at NYU DC

In Mino Bimaadiziwin, a trans #Anishinaabe man meets a young Anishinnaabe women who pushes him to reconnect with their c...
02/16/2020

In Mino Bimaadiziwin, a trans #Anishinaabe man meets a young Anishinnaabe women who pushes him to reconnect with their culture. Come see Shane McSauby’s short film, Saturday Feb 23 3:00pm as part of #MotherTongue2020
https://mothertongue.si.edu/

See a day in the life of a group of Eritrean kids as they wake up every morning to collect a valuable fruit called Beles...
02/15/2020

See a day in the life of a group of Eritrean kids as they wake up every morning to collect a valuable fruit called Beles from the deep mountains near their village. From Director @supergebar see Beles at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery on Saturday Feb 22nd at #MotherTongue2020 https://mothertongue.si.edu/

See a day in the life of a group of Eritrean kids as they wake up every morning to collect a valuable fruit called Beles...
02/15/2020

See a day in the life of a group of Eritrean kids as they wake up every morning to collect a valuable fruit called Beles from the deep mountains near their village. From Director @supergebar see Beles, Saturday Feb 22nd at the 5th Annual Mother Tongue Film Festival at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery https://mothertongue.si.edu/

Feeling stuck due to her addiction, Ruby chooses to suffer rather than seek help. From director Shaandiin Tome comes a f...
02/13/2020
Mother Tongue Film Festival 2020

Feeling stuck due to her addiction, Ruby chooses to suffer rather than seek help. From director Shaandiin Tome comes a film about transcendence. See Mud/Hashtl’ishnii Saturday Feb 22nd at the Smithsonian American Art Museum #MotherTongue2020 Mud - Hashtł'ishnii
mothertongue.si.edu

The Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world over four days of free screenings in Washington, D.C.

A young chief, Uu?uu~tah, is entrusted to be the whale hunter of his village. In order to undertake such a task, his gra...
02/13/2020

A young chief, Uu?uu~tah, is entrusted to be the whale hunter of his village. In order to undertake such a task, his grandmother leads him along the long hard path of his rite of purification and growth. See UU?uu~tah Saturday Feb 22nd at the Mother Tongue Film Festival. STORYHIVE mothertongue.si.edu

The Ainu are an indigenous people from Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, previously called Ainumosir, or land of t...
02/10/2020

The Ainu are an indigenous people from Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, previously called Ainumosir, or land of the Ainu. Today, Ainu traditions and language are facing a critical situation. See "Ainu - Indigenous People of Japan" at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Saturday Februrary 22nd at noon as part of the Fifth Annual Mother Tongue Film Festival. #MotherTongue2020 https://mothertongue.si.edu/
View Trailer: http://ow.ly/bR3A50ygKsb

Grá & Eagla is a short documentary examining Irish people’s attitudes towards their native language. The film follows co...
02/08/2020

Grá & Eagla is a short documentary examining Irish people’s attitudes towards their native language. The film follows comedian Áine Gallagher as she prepares material for her bilingual stand-up comedy show, giving her an opportunity to explore why so many Irish people feel passionately about the Irish language but lack the confidence to speak it. See Grá & Eagla Saturday at noon at the Mother Tongue Film Festival. Grá & Eagla #MotherTongue2020
View Trailer: http://ow.ly/YSNs50ygJuM

The Fifth Annual Mother Tongue Film Festival runs from Thursday February 20 - Sunday February 23, 2020 in Washington, D....
02/07/2020

The Fifth Annual Mother Tongue Film Festival runs from Thursday February 20 - Sunday February 23, 2020 in Washington, D.C. All screenings are free and open to the public. This year's festival will feature 28 languages, 22 regions and 21 films over 4 days. Join us! https://mothertongue.si.edu/

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02/07/2020

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02/07/2020

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Celebrate International Mother Language Day at the Mother Tongue Film Festival with our screening of Vai. Made by nine f...
01/29/2020

Celebrate International Mother Language Day at the Mother Tongue Film Festival with our screening of Vai. Made by nine female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in seven different Pacific countries: Vai is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, played by a different indigenous actress in each of the Pacific countries. In each of these Pacific nations ‘vai’ means water. #VaiFilm #WomenOfVai Check out the trailer for Vai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB8i0Z2XonI

We are excited to announce our film programming for this year's Mother Tongue Film Festival! The festival will run from ...
01/27/2020

We are excited to announce our film programming for this year's Mother Tongue Film Festival! The festival will run from Feb 20-23 and feature 28 languages from 22 regions. #MotherTongue2020

01/09/2020

Call for Spring/Summer Internships with Recovering Voices now open! Applications due by February 7, 2020.

Recovering Voices has two unpaid, part-time internship opportunities for the spring/early summer of 2020. (One runs April-May, the other May-June, both with a flexible schedule including start and end dates.) These internships provide a range of museum collections, audiovisual production, and communications experience in a collaborative community program setting. The interns will work primarily with the Recovering Voices program’s Interim Community Research Manager in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

The interns will assist with the Community Research Program, supporting the research of Native communities in the Smithsonian collections and archives. In April, we will host a group from the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and in May, a group from the Blackfeet Nation, visiting DC to study archival materials in the National Anthropological Archives and the collections of the Department of Anthropology at NMNH and the National Museum of the American Indian.
The interns will be responsible for assisting with one community research visit and creating a digital packet of materials to be sent to the group members. Applicants should be interested in audiovisual production and post-production, creating content for the web/social media, and working with museum collections. It is an opportunity for learning audiovisual and digitization skills, learning how museums work with communities, and how knowledge moves between museums and communities through collections research.
Work will be done primarily in the Recovering Voices Office at the National Museum of Natural History, but will also include a week of assignments in the collections at the Museum Support Center in Suitland, MD (transportation provided).
The Recovering Voices Community Research Program leverages the breadth and depth of the Smithsonian’s collections to support language and traditional knowledge revitalization research by communities.

Learning Objectives
There are four core learning objectives:
1 - Learn about the subject of language and traditional knowledge documentation and revitalization.
2 - Learn about the uses and benefits of material culture and archival resources available at the Smithsonian, and museums in general, to understand the impact of resources in museum collections on revitalization efforts.
3 - Learn audiovisual documentation, standards for archiving born-digital products, and post-production of digital video.
4 - Learn and practice writing for the web, targeting a variety of audiences.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by February 7, 2020. Include information about your availability and preferred start date.

From all of us Recovering Voices, NMNH, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season! We look forward to an exciting 2020...
12/19/2019

From all of us Recovering Voices, NMNH, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season! We look forward to an exciting 2020!

National Anthropological Archives
11/04/2019

National Anthropological Archives

Join us this Thursday 11/7 for the next Archival Connections talk with Lucy Thomason -- "Papepipo: 26,000 Pages of Thoughts in Meskwaki by Meskwakis."

**Non-Smithsonian attendees are very welcome but must RSVP to [email protected] by Tuesday 11/5!

About the talk:
Meskwaki is an endangered Algonquian language currently spoken in Iowa. It’s a member of a language family that still spans North America from the Northwest Territories, Alberta and Montana to the Atlantic Coast, and which formerly reached down the Atlantic Coast as far as the Carolinas. The Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives has more than 26,000 pages of history, religion, winter stories, autobiography, scholarship, anecdotes, and jokes composed from 1911 to 1938 by some 50 native speakers of Meskwaki using a native North American writing system. Meskwaki papepipo is brilliantly adapted to give universal literacy in Meskwaki to speakers of Meskwaki. It does this by omitting all the things which are most challenging to write, putting an extra puzzle-solving burden onto the reader. Solving the puzzles encoded by the NAA’s collection of Meskwaki texts yields insights into the human language capacity through better understanding of a remarkable language—in the words of Edward Sapir, “[s]ingle Algonkian words are like tiny Imagist poems”. At the same time, it yields insights into the history and the worldview of a remarkable people.

About the series:
Archival Connections is a 2019 seminar series highlighting creative research in the National Anthropological Archives and Human Studies Film Archives collections. It is part of an ongoing NSF-sponsored project to expand their access and use.

Questions? Contact Diana Marsh, NAA Postdoctoral Fellow at [email protected] and Joshua A. Bell, Curator of Globalization at [email protected].

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11/04/2019

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The Fifth Annual Mother Tongue Film Festival Dates Announced! 02.20.20-02.23.20 Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural...
10/31/2019

The Fifth Annual Mother Tongue Film Festival Dates Announced! 02.20.20-02.23.20 Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian's National Museum of the American IndianSmithsonian Folklife #MTFF2020 #Mothertongue #Languages #Film #WashingtonDC

As part of the #IYIL2019, @RecoverVoices selection from Mother Tongue Film Festival @ Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, Ind...
10/31/2019

As part of the #IYIL2019, @RecoverVoices selection from Mother Tongue Film Festival @ Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, Indiana on 11.1.19. After the films, a panel will & answer questions. #mothertongue2019 Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Details here:
iyil2019perspectives.org/mother-tongue-…

American Women's History Initiative Hopi Potters Community Research Visit, April 2019.
10/24/2019

American Women's History Initiative Hopi Potters Community Research Visit, April 2019.

Join us on Saturday November 2, 1:00pm-4:00pm in Q?rius, National Museum of Natural History for "HERstory through Basket...
10/23/2019
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Join us on Saturday November 2, 1:00pm-4:00pm in Q?rius, National Museum of Natural History for "HERstory through Basketweaving" to learn about the significance of baskets to Native American women’s history, and artists’ perspectives on environmental change and sustainability of basket making resources.

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Don't forget to register for free access to the Vision Maker Film Festival that starts today, August 31!!
Was listening to this article from last year and thought I would share! #recovervoices #ancestralknowledge
On May 10, 2020, Amelia Huanaquiri Tuisima (89) died in Iquitos, Peru, of complications from COVID19- this is a personal tribute to her, as an Omagua language speaker and consultant.
I was really happy to discover, coincidentally, Zacharias Kunuk’s interview when I watched NHK world, Japanese public broadcaster, to see what’s going on in my home country. I watched his latest film “One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk” at Mother Tongue Film Festival (https://mothertongue.si.edu) and wanted to know more about the filmmaker.
I feel like the festival happened very long time ago.... This pandemic really changed our life. In the meantime, I was really happy to discover Zacharias Kunuk’s interview when I watched NHK world, Japanese public television, to see what’s going on over there. Want to share with you.
Disney/Frozen 2 to be dubbed into a Sami language!
A really special podcast episode from "All My Relations" Episode 9: Can Our Ancestors Hear Us? Dr. Adrienne Keene and Matika Wilbur look at language from personal and community perspectives.
If you loved her music in Edge of the Knife, come check out Mohawk artist KInnie Starr's documentary "Play Your Gender" at Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian on Monday, August 19 at 1 pm. In this film she explores the glaring lack of female music producers industry wide. Part of the Smithsonian's #YearofMusic https://www.facebook.com/events/458604541355200/?active_tab=about
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF6CfGndHH8 Jeremy Dutcher's Tiny Desk at NPR.
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Quite a diverse array this month