February 21 is International Mother Language Day

Poster: International Mother Language Day = Dia Internacional de la Lengua Materna February 21 is International Mother Language Day declared by UNESCO in 1999 to celebrated linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Events, workshops and even tweets on this date promote awareness. Hashtags: #imld18, #dilm18, #LenguaMaterna UNESCO: “Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving …

Indigenous Languages

Photo: Caldo de Piedra • Oaxaca, México Indigenous Languages Mark your calendar. 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Background from the UN: The 55th meeting of the 3rd Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, saw the adoption of the resolution on “Rights of indigenous peoples”. Among others, the resolution stresses the urgent …

Guelaguetza

Poster: Guelaguetza 2018 Guelaguetza is one of the world’s most important festivals and takes place every year in Oaxaca, Mexico. The 2018 likely dates are July 23 and 30. Introducing the Guelaguetza Some of the most colorful celebrations in the Americas take place in the southeastern corner of Mexico. Since 1932 the city of Oaxaca …

Sámi National Day

Sámi National Day is February 6, which is celebrated in memory of the first Sámi congress in Trondheim in 1917. Sámi is used to name the Lappish people, the indigenous population of Sápmi (northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Kola peninsula in Russia). Twitter Moment Sámi National Day Sámi Flag The joint flag dates back to …

Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2018

Poster New Zealand – Māori Language Week, te wiki o te reo Māori, is a government-sponsored initiative promoting the use of Māori language, one of the three official national languages of the country (Māori, English and New Zealand Sign Language). The week is part of the broader Māori language revival and raises public awareness for Māori …

Sámi

Photo: Visit Finland, Sámi Garment Sámi is used to name the Lappish people, the Indigenous population of Sápmi (northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Kola peninsula in Russia). the Sami flag has been flying in Norway, Finland, Russia and Sweden since 1986. The Sámi people live in four countries and have no national state of their …

Americans at the National Museum of the American Indian #NDNsEverywhere

Washington, DC – A new exhibit opens Thursday, January 18: Americans at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution. Hashtag: #NDNsEverywhere The exhibit prompts a national and global conversation. What are the relationships with the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities? How have they changed over time? How does the world see Native Americans? Starting …

Ayuuk Vocabulary from Santa María Ocotepec

Here are key Mixe (Ayuuk) words and phrases used in Santa María Ocotepec and translated in Spanish and English. The Ayuuk and Spanish translations are courtesy of Engracia Perez Castro and Rodrigo Martínez Vásquez who sell crafts at the La Cosecha Market in Oaxaca de Juárez. Mixe Español English nëë agua water poj aire air naax tierra …

Aboriginal and Indigenous Australia

Buzzwords Human occupation of Australia started about 65,000 years ago with successive waves of immigration from south and southeast Asia. Archaeologists continue to revise the date of early settlements. Aboriginal Australians conserve the oldest culture in the world. The word ‘aboriginal’ has appeared in the English language since the 17th century and means ‘first or earliest known, indigenous.’ This …