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Language Healers - Native Americans Revitalizing Native Languages
Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers) is a documentary that tells the story of Native Americans who are striving to revitalize their languages. From Alaska to Oklahoma and Wisconsin to Montana, we witness stories about the importance of saving Native American languages and…
Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai'i
What if you are made to feel ashamed when you speak your "mother tongue" or ridiculed because of your accent? "Pidgin: the Voice of Hawai'i" addresses these questions through its lively examination of Pidgin - the language spoken by over…
Life and Death - Language Preservation
Part of the Series: Speaking In Tongues
It is predicted that within a century more than half of the worlds languages will become extinct, but as languages are lost, new ones emerge naturally or are constructed. In this program, Noam Chomsky; Esperantist Thomas Eccard; endangered languages researcher…
Tongues of Heaven - Saving Native Languages
This film explores the challenges facing young indigenous people as they struggle to learn the languages of their forebears before they go extinct. Set in Taiwan and Hawai'i, territories where languages of the Austronesian family are spoken, this experimental documentary…
Mother Tongue - A Mayan Community re-tells its History in Ixil
This documentary short chronicles the first time a film has been translated and dubbed into Maya-Ixil, the native language of one of the Guatemalan indigenous groups that were targeted by State-sponsored genocide in 1982-83. Told from the perspective of Matilde…
Marie’s Dictionary - The Last Fluent Speaker of Wukchumni
This film profiles Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Native American language Wukchumni and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive. Preserving the Wukchumni language has become Wilcox's life. She has spent more…
Valley of the Heroes - Tibet's Shifting Cultural Landscape
"When no one listens, no one tells, and when no one tells, no one learns; and thus when the elders die, so do the traditions and language." -- Tibetan Proverb In many Tibetan communities, the loss of Tibetan language has…
Not to Lose You, My Language
This program looks at a bilingual education program in the Northern Territory, where children are taught in English and Aboriginal languages. As there are many different Aboriginal languages, subjects are taught in a language appropriate to the subject matter. The…
The Tightrope of Power
Episode 9 of Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
How do tribal societies maintain social order and harmony without the vast legal institutions that we rely on? The tribal practice of democracy through consensus is put to the test when members of Canada's Objibwa-Cree tribe have a constitutional struggle…