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Jun 8, 2011

Upcoming Language Revitalization Events in DC


If you are in the DC area June 21-22, come out and support Native language revitalization efforts!

Celebrating Native American Language Revitalization in Film, June 21, 2011

Join Cultural Survival and Native language advocates for a free public program at the Library of Congress on June 21, 2011:

Celebrating Native American Language Revitalization in Film

The program will include a presentation of the Library of Congress resources and collections of Native American materials by Library of Congress curatorial staff, language revitalization film screenings, and Q&A with community language advocates.

Please note: All events at the Library of Congress are free and open to the public.  No lobbying activities are permitted on-site, and no endorsement of any political positions is implied hosting this event.


Language Rights Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, June 22, 2011

Stick around June 22nd and join Cultural Survival, fellow grassroots advocates, and volunteers for Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian languages in delivering a positive message to Congress about a growing Indigenous language revitalization movement operating at maximum capacity with limited federal support.

It is said that a language dies every 14 days, and with it, unique knowledge, a history, heritage and traditions.  In the face of dislocation, discrimination, political pressures, abuses and industrial intrusions, innumerable Indigenous groups around the globe struggle to safeguard the languages they speak, traditions they practice, and land on which they live.

Here in the United States, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Native Alaskan people are working to revitalize their languages before its too late.  But the task is great and the funds are limited.

At a time of such language shift, loss, and recovery, you can make a difference in ensuring the unique knowledge and tribal worldviews living in these precious heritage languages are both protected and spoken by future generations. Tribes are making substantial investments, and the federal government should too.

For more information, please visit Language Rights Advocacy Day.  To register to speak out for Indigenous language rights with Cultural Survival and the National Alliance to Save Native Languages visit

Jun 8, 2011

Maryland Traditions FESTIVAL!


Saturday, June 18
10 AM – 7 PM
Creative Alliance at the Patterson
3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore

It is going to be an amazing and excellent event!!!

“Indoor and outdoor music stages, workshops for kids, craft demonstrations, and fourteen performances! Decoy carvers, screen painters, boatbuilders, arabbers, weavers, and more demonstrate their crafts at this family friendly celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Maryland Traditions Masters Apprentice program of the Maryland State Arts Council.”

May 31, 2011

Very nice site about Somali Bantu in Maine!


Catherine Besteman and her students at Colby College put together a great collaborative anthropology/cultural sustainability site:

“The primary focus of our site is the transition the Somali Bantus have experienced in the past two decades as they have lived through a horrific civil war and through several relocations as refugees. We hope that this site educates visitors on the history, the culture, and the current lives of Somali Bantus in the US.

While world crises are well publicized in the news, the aftermath of these crises often receive less attention. Somali Bantus in the United States  and abroad are survivors of a crisis. We believe that it is important to recognize their achievements in addition to their struggles.”

Apr 30, 2011

Cultural sustainability in Oakland


A great blog post by an African American cultural activist and leader Randolph Belle:

I look at my role in the arts community, my existence as an African American and what distinction should be made for me as an African American cultural worker.

The conversation for me then turns to what other’s roles are and what effort should be made in recognizing and maintaining the contributions of individual cultural groups in what some would call a post-racial society.

With so much talk of environmental sustainability, I find it ironic, and myself left a bit empty, with the thought that we could save the planet and lose a people.

Apr 13, 2011

Bolivia to pass Mother Earth Laws!


Great article on important groundbreaking cultural/environmental policy:

The draft of the new law states: “She is sacred, fertile and the source of life that feeds and cares for all living beings in her womb. She is in permanent balance, harmony and communication with the cosmos. She is comprised of all ecosystems and living beings, and their self-organisation.”

Apr 6, 2011

The movement to save an ancient Hawaiian tradition


Check out this article on the movement to preserve an ancient Hawaiian tradition: Legalize Pa’i ‘ai.

The Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a hearing for SB 101 on March 28, 2011.  They passed the bill (that would allow practitioners to make pa’i’ai available for public consumption) with amendments.  Representative Calvin Say has informed me that the next step is a full floor vote by the House of Representatives.

The bill is still alive, but some are concerned it has been gutted due to the amendments.  If the bill is passed, the amendments will require the Department of Health to make rules, further stalling the legalization of pa’i’ai for public consumption.

Mar 31, 2011

“We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads and all along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.” — Ashok K Chauhan


A report on a  National Seminar on “Education for Cultural Sustainability”  organized by Amity Institute of Education (AIE), New Delhi, sponsored by National University for Educational Planning and Administration (NUPEA) at Amity University Campus in New Delhi India

Mar 30, 2011

The Future of Manufacturing Is Local


Interesting NYTimes article on local manufacturing:

“Now we’re trying to expand on that concept, as there is growing demand for local product,” says Friedman. “People want to buy stuff that’s made locally. It started with food but it’s permeating fashion, woodwork and the like.” Echoing Dwight, Friedman says that “it has to do with local pride, with wanting to be an ethical consumer.”


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