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.

Recovering Voices works in close partnership with two other Smithsonian units, the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. We hope you’ll contribute to this interactive forum and to our ongoing conversation about the work we do to further the Smithsonian's mission to increase and diffuse knowledge.

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05/28/2021
A Closing Message from the Mother Tongue 2021 Team

The curatorial and production team of the Smithsonian’s 2021 Mother Tongue Film Festival has a closing message for our audience, filmmakers, and partners. Thank you for joining us online this year!

Have you seen #TheLandOfEb yet? As the end of May draws near, we are celebrating the conclusion of #MotherTongue2021 and...
05/24/2021

Have you seen #TheLandOfEb yet? As the end of May draws near, we are celebrating the conclusion of #MotherTongue2021 and are encouraging you all to view our films still online! Watch it on-demand: https://mothertongue.si.edu

After nuclear weapons testing displaced him from his home in the #MarshallIslands, Jacob Jackson has dedicated his life to supporting his family in Hawai‘i. Despite facing hardships such as healthcare access and illiteracy, Jacob shows that he is a natural leader and father whose utmost priority is his family’s future in Hawai‘i.

Learn about Jacob's story with #TheLandOfEb available May 1-30: http://mothertongue.si.edu #APAHM

05/21/2021
Conversation with the "Island to Island" Filmmakers – 2021 Mother Tongue Film Festival

After being initiated as kahu oli, caretakers of Hawaiian chant, filmmakers Kris Kato and Keoni DeFranco recognized their responsibility to uphold their traditions while far from home in New York City. In conversation with Kris, Keoni, and the film’s director, Jacqueline Hazen, festival co-director Joshua Bell will discuss the importance of holding space for our own cultural practices across geographical boundaries.

This program is presented as part of the 2021 Mother Tongue Film Festival, “The Healing Power of Storytelling.”

Available May 17-19, "My Name is Mudju," tells a story of a mother's quest to save her daughter amidst the traumas of la...
05/17/2021
My Name is Mudju | 2021 Mother Tongue Film Festival

Available May 17-19, "My Name is Mudju," tells a story of a mother's quest to save her daughter amidst the traumas of language loss and forced assimilation in Australia. #MotherTongue2021

Register below!

Mudju and her daughter Munna fall victim to the Australian government, whose mission is to separate Aboriginal children from their parents in order to assimilate them. After facing repeated violence in multiple forms, Mudju is forced to learn English in order to save her child from the Christian mis...

05/14/2021
The Healing Power of Storytelling: Mother Tongue Film Festival 2021

Exploring our 2021 theme, the healing power of storytelling, this panel will highlight the unique ability of film to project stories to places they might have never traveled before—bringing connection, understanding, and healing.

Festival co-director Joshua Bell and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Curator Kālewa Correa will moderate a live conversation with Directors Christopher Auchter of “The Mountain of Sgaana,” Adrian Baker of “Source of the Wound,” Christopher Kahunahana of “Waikiki” and Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu of “Kapaemahu.”

ACCESSIBILITY
Live real-time captioning (CART) and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided for this program while it is live.
To access, please follow the links below.
Simulcast with ASL and Captions: https://s.si.edu/folklifeASL
Live Captions only via Streamtext: https://s.si.edu/folklifeCART

Four spiritual beings of dual masculine and feminine energy traveled from Tahiti to Waikiki many years ago, bringing wit...
05/13/2021

Four spiritual beings of dual masculine and feminine energy traveled from Tahiti to Waikiki many years ago, bringing with them healing arts that blessed the people of Hawai‘i. Told in the ʻŌlelo Ni‘ihau Hawaiian language, #Kapaemahu breathes life into a beautiful story that has been hidden from history for far too long.

📽 Watch it on-demand: https://mothertongue.si.edu
🗣️ Hear director Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu in conversation at our last live event of #MotherTongue2021: bit.ly/2Rf1VVT

Four spiritual beings of dual masculine and feminine energy traveled from Tahiti to Waikiki many years ago, bringing with them healing arts that blessed the people of Hawai‘i. Told in the ʻŌlelo Ni‘ihau Hawaiian language, #Kapaemahu breathes life into a beautiful story that has been hidden from history for far too long.

📽 Watch it on-demand: https://mothertongue.si.edu
🗣️ Hear director Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu in conversation at our last live event of #MotherTongue2021: bit.ly/2Rf1VVT

Miss our opening screening of Waikiki The Film? Excitingly, we're reprising the film with a second screening to close ou...
05/12/2021

Miss our opening screening of Waikiki The Film? Excitingly, we're reprising the film with a second screening to close out #MotherTongue2021!

Available from May 12-16, be sure to register to see the film that sold out on our opening night.🍿🥤📽️

➡️ https://bit.ly/33t7e6Z

Miss our opening screening of Waikiki The Film? Excitingly, we're reprising the film with a second screening to close out #MotherTongue2021!

Available from May 12-16, be sure to register to see the film that sold out on our opening night.🍿🥤📽️

➡️ https://bit.ly/33t7e6Z

The first film written and directed by a Native Hawaiian,  Waikiki The Film is a visceral allegory for the contemporary ...
05/10/2021

The first film written and directed by a Native Hawaiian, Waikiki The Film is a visceral allegory for the contemporary issues which plague Hawai‘i’s people.

Miss our opening night film? We're bringing it back for a second screening May 12-16!

Pre-register 📽️ https://bit.ly/33t7e6Z

The first film written and directed by a Native Hawaiian, Waikiki The Film is a visceral allegory for the contemporary issues which plague Hawai‘i’s people.

Miss our opening night film? We're bringing it back for a second screening May 12-16!

Pre-register 📽️ https://bit.ly/33t7e6Z

05/07/2021
Conversation with "The Land of Eb" Filmmakers – 2021 Mother Tongue Film Festival

A portrait of resilience, “The Land of Eb” encapsulates the barriers experienced by Marshallese communities displaced by nuclear weapon testing that has forever altered the islands they call home. Join us for an engaging conversation with the film’s director Andrew Williamson and lead actor Jonithen Jackson, moderated by festival co-director Joshua Bell.

This program is presented as part of the 2021 Mother Tongue Film Festival, “The Healing Power of Storytelling.”

Founded in 2016, the Mother Tongue Film Festival opens on the United Nation's International Mother Languages Day, February 21, 2021.

The Festival is an effort of Recovering Voices, a Smithsonian initiative involving:
The National Museum of National History
The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The National Museum of American Indian, and
The Asian Pacific American Center.

About the Film:
The Land of Eb (dir. Andrew Williamson, 2012)
Languages: Marshallese, English
Region: Marshall Islands, Hawai‘i

Did you know that May is the last month of the #MotherTongue2021 Film Festival! New films are available to stream now.• ...
05/05/2021

Did you know that May is the last month of the #MotherTongue2021 Film Festival! New films are available to stream now.

• Eating up Easter (available through May 11)
• Wási (available through May 11)
• Sky Aelans (available through May 11)
• The Land of Eb (available through May 31)
• Kapaemahu (pictured - available through May 31)
• The Greedy Emu (available through May 31)
• Yulubidyi / Until the End (available through May 31)

Watch them all, on-demand: http://mothertongue.si.edu

Did you know that May is the last month of the #MotherTongue2021 Film Festival! New films are available to stream now.

• Eating up Easter (available through May 11)
• Wási (available through May 11)
• Sky Aelans (available through May 11)
• The Land of Eb (available through May 31)
• Kapaemahu (pictured - available through May 31)
• The Greedy Emu (available through May 31)
• Yulubidyi / Until the End (available through May 31)

Watch them all, on-demand: http://mothertongue.si.edu

Sacred lands around the world have faced severe destruction, seen the extinction of plants and animals, and felt the dis...
05/04/2021

Sacred lands around the world have faced severe destruction, seen the extinction of plants and animals, and felt the displacement of Indigenous peoples. All too aware of this dangerous fate, Indigenous communities of the Solomon Islands have worked to protect and prevent their sacred forests, Sky Aelans, from facing exploitation.

Watch "Sky Aelans" with #MotherTongue2021 available until May 11: https://mothertongue.si.edu

Sacred lands around the world have faced severe destruction, seen the extinction of plants and animals, and felt the displacement of Indigenous peoples. All too aware of this dangerous fate, Indigenous communities of the Solomon Islands have worked to protect and prevent their sacred forests, Sky Aelans, from facing exploitation.

Watch "Sky Aelans" with #MotherTongue2021 available until May 11: https://mothertongue.si.edu

After nuclear weapons testing displaced him from his home in the #MarshallIslands, Jacob Jackson has dedicated his life ...
05/03/2021

After nuclear weapons testing displaced him from his home in the #MarshallIslands, Jacob Jackson has dedicated his life to supporting his family in Hawai‘i. Despite facing hardships such as healthcare access and illiteracy, Jacob shows that he is a natural leader and father whose utmost priority is his family’s future in Hawai‘i.

Learn about Jacob's story with #TheLandOfEb available May 1-30: http://mothertongue.si.edu #APAHM

After nuclear weapons testing displaced him from his home in the #MarshallIslands, Jacob Jackson has dedicated his life to supporting his family in Hawai‘i. Despite facing hardships such as healthcare access and illiteracy, Jacob shows that he is a natural leader and father whose utmost priority is his family’s future in Hawai‘i.

Learn about Jacob's story with #TheLandOfEb available May 1-30: http://mothertongue.si.edu #APAHM

04/30/2021
Conversation with “Eating Up Easter” Filmmaker Sergio M. Rapu – 2021 Mother Tongue Film Festival

A conversation with Sergio M. Rapu, director of “Eating Up Easter” hosted by Kālewa Correa, curator of Hawai’i and the Pacific at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, joining from the Washington, DC, area.

This program is presented as part of the 2021 Mother Tongue Film Festival, “The Healing Power of Storytelling.”

Founded in 2016, the Mother Tongue Film Festival opens on the United Nation's International Mother Languages Day, February 21, 2021.

The Festival is an effort of Recovering Voices, a Smithsonian initiative involving:
The National Museum of National History
The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The National Museum of American Indian, and
The Asian Pacific American Center.

About the Film:
Eating Up Easter (dir. Sergio M. Rapu, 2018)
Languages: English, Spanish, Rapa Nui
Region: United States, Chile (Rapa Nui)

Rapa Nui filmmaker Sergio Rapu explores the negative effects of tourism on his home island. Crafted as a story to pass down to his newborn son, Rapu intertwines the history of the island with the stories of four islanders. In their own voices, they reveal the reality of modern life and the actions they are taking to preserve their culture and environment amid rapid development.

In "Eating Up Easter" #RapaNui filmmaker Sergio Rapu explores the negative effects of tourism on his home island. Crafte...
04/29/2021

In "Eating Up Easter" #RapaNui filmmaker Sergio Rapu explores the negative effects of tourism on his home island. Crafted as a story to pass down to his newborn son, Rapu intertwines the history of the island with the stories of four islanders. In their own voices, they reveal the reality of modern life and the actions they are taking to preserve their culture and environment amid rapid development.

Watch it on-demand: https://mothertongue.si.edu
And attend the premiere of our director Q+A tomorrow at 12pm: https://bit.ly/3nyZHMZ

In "Eating Up Easter" #RapaNui filmmaker Sergio Rapu explores the negative effects of tourism on his home island. Crafted as a story to pass down to his newborn son, Rapu intertwines the history of the island with the stories of four islanders. In their own voices, they reveal the reality of modern life and the actions they are taking to preserve their culture and environment amid rapid development.

Watch it on-demand: https://mothertongue.si.edu
And attend the premiere of our director Q+A tomorrow at 12pm: https://bit.ly/3nyZHMZ

"The Eighth Province" is available online through April 30.  Be sure to watch it during its last few days with #MotherTo...
04/28/2021

"The Eighth Province" is available online through April 30. Be sure to watch it during its last few days with #MotherTongue2021!

"Wiñaypacha" is available online until April 30. If you haven't seen it already, make sure to watch it during its last t...
04/27/2021

"Wiñaypacha" is available online until April 30. If you haven't seen it already, make sure to watch it during its last three days with #MotherTongue2021!

The first Peruvian feature film to be shot completely in the #Aymara language, #Wiñaypacha tells the story of Willka and Phaxsi, an elderly couple living in a remote part of the Peruvian Andes.

Now available on-demand: mothertongue.si.edu

04/26/2021
Mother Tongue Film Festival 2021: Conversation with the Director - The Forbidden Strings

Soori, Hakim, Akbar, and Mohammed have a collective dream: to travel from Iran to their parents’ homeland of Afghanistan and play their first rock concert. Discussing their feature-length film "The Forbidden Strings," director Hasan Noori and producer Afsaneh Salari will explore the intricacies of production with the National Museum of Asian Art film curator, Tom Vick.

This event is co-sponsored by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery—the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.
To view the film beforehand, please register here: https://bit.ly/3mo4lgg

ACCESSIBILITY
Live real-time captioning (CART) and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided for this program while it is live.
To access, please follow the links below.
Simulcast with ASL and Captions: https://s.si.edu/folklifeASL
Live Captions only via Streamtext: https://s.si.edu/folklifeCART

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The Mother Tongue Film Festival is presented by Recovering Voices, a collaboration among the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
Additional Smithsonian partners include the Asian Pacific American Center and the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery—the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.

This program received support from Bicentenario Perú 2021, Columbia School of the Arts, Documentary Educational Resources, Embassy of Canada to the United States, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, Taiwan Academy, Taiwan Ministry of Culture, the Embassy of New Zealand, The Elizabeth and Whitney MacMillan Endowment, Wick and Bonnie Moorman, and more.

A collective portrait of five women united by spirituality and poetry, "Mujeres Espíritu" is told through the words of I...
04/21/2021

A collective portrait of five women united by spirituality and poetry, "Mujeres Espíritu" is told through the words of Indigenous women from different territories, joined by the sonority of their mother tongues.

Watch it on-demand 📽️ mothertongue.si.edu

A collective portrait of five women united by spirituality and poetry, "Mujeres Espíritu" is told through the words of Indigenous women from different territories, joined by the sonority of their mother tongues.

Watch it on-demand 📽️ mothertongue.si.edu

In an essayistic gesture, #Kiraiñia pieces together fragments of daily life shared by an ethnomusicologist and a Cubeo E...
04/20/2021
Conversation with “Kiraiñia” Director – 2021 Mother Tongue Film Festival

In an essayistic gesture, #Kiraiñia pieces together fragments of daily life shared by an ethnomusicologist and a Cubeo Emi-Hehenewa community in their common attempt to evoke the sound of kiraiñia, the long flutes.

In partnership with #MotherTongue2021, UMD Department of Anthropology's Center for Research and Collaboration in the Indigenous Americas hosted a conversation with the film's director, Juan Castrillón.

On Friday, March 5, “Kiraiñia” director Juan Castrillón joined in conversation with Cubeo-Hehenewa anthropologist Orlando Rodriguez and Janet Chernela, co-di...

Next Monday, join #MotherTongue2021 and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art ​ for a conversation with directo...
04/19/2021

Next Monday, join #MotherTongue2021 and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art ​
for a conversation with director Hasan Noori and producer Afsaneh Salar about their first feature-length film "The Forbidden Strings" moderated by film curator Tom Vick.

#WithCaptions #ASL

📅 Mon 4/26 12-1 pm ET | Free
🗣️ https://bit.ly/32j8Kba
📽️ https://bit.ly/3mo4lgg

Next Monday, join #MotherTongue2021 and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art ​
for a conversation with director Hasan Noori and producer Afsaneh Salar about their first feature-length film "The Forbidden Strings" moderated by film curator Tom Vick.

#WithCaptions #ASL

📅 Mon 4/26 12-1 pm ET | Free
🗣️ https://bit.ly/32j8Kba
📽️ https://bit.ly/3mo4lgg

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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