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This blog explores the revitalization of indigenous languages using technology and best practices in pedagogy. There is a need for understanding and coordinating multiple disciplines to achieve the true goal of cultural revitalization of indigenous languages. Some of the issues that need to be addressed include:
The reasons that indigenous languages require revitalization is because they were forcefully suppressed for hundreds of years and they contain artifacts that have value in the indigenous world as well as the non-indigenous world.
The process of preservation has been dictated by non-indigenous people whose primary goals have been research and analysis rather than usage and transformation.
The technology applied to indigenous languages have been for profit, for convenience, or for availability and not focusing on the learning and absorption in society.
In summary, indigenous languages are filled with wisdom, experience, expertise, and cultural solutions to humanity problems that plague the modern society and is therefore a transformative tool once the prejudices of the past are overcome. The solutions to human problems are embedded in indigenous cultures through indigenous languages because they have confronted these problems and solved them in order to provide us survival for 200,000 years. The modern world and its technology span only a few thousand years while threatening our survival and yet hold the belief that we possess the best technology and the best social and political organizations ever. If we only listen to what indigenous languages have to say we will discover that these modern assumptions do not hold water at all. This blog will be a point of reference on that journey.