AWARENESS IS THE KEY
Creating public awareness about the crisis of dying languages is best way to encourage work on solutions
and direct more resources to the problem.
A heightened sense of urgency in our message and a broader public awareness are key to allowing hundreds of languages to survive the coming wave of extinctions. If people know and care about the issue, there is a greater chance that these linguistic and cultural treasures can be saved.
We take "getting the word out" on the crisis very seriously and work in numerous ways to reach and inform the public. Some of the ways include:
Producing a documentary film in cooperation with Florentine Films on young Native American people learning their native languages and experiencing profound personal growth.
Working with partner organizations in Washington, DC to help encourage support for the work being done to preserve and revitalize Native American languages.
Helping to distribute news to individuals and institutions about language endangerment and about “best practice” solutions to revitalizing languages.
Rising Voices/ Hótȟaŋiŋpi
Rising Voices/ Hótȟaŋiŋpi is a multi-platform documentary project that portrays the growing movement among tribes all over the country to revitalize their languages -- a movement for creative transformation by communities and individuals, which challenges the expectations put on them by outsiders and those put on young generations by the old.
The anchor of this project is a 60-minute documentary film intended for national broadcast on public television. Rising Voices/ Hótȟaŋiŋpi will focus on one of the strongest language revitalization movements in the country, among the Lakota people of the northern plains.
"Hótȟaŋiŋpi" is the Lakota word for, "They will have their say".
- Important public changes need to be made in order for indigenous languages to receive the support required to survive into future. Some nations like New Zealand and Australia have made significant commitments in support of their indigenous language communities. But many other have not. TLC works to educate national policy makers on the need to invest in and support indigenous languages.
- The language endangerment issue has only recently become more visible in the national media. However, much more needs to be done. The Language Conservancy works to promote issues around language endangerment and revitalization through its Twitter feed, Facebook and other social media outlets. We also create numerous press releases around the work TLC and it partners do to combat the loss of languages.