Eddie Avila · August, 2012

Latest posts by Eddie Avila from August, 2012

Languages: A Video Library for Successor Pipil Generation

  27 August 2012

Only approximately 2.5-10% of El Salvador's population is of indigenous descent. The Pipil or Nahuat language is critically endangered with only about 200 speakers remaining. A language activist named Carlos Cortez is working to create a video library to help develop a new generation of young speakers to build a bridge with the older group of speakers so that they can become "the successor generation."

Languages: The First Digital Sounds of Mam

  2 August 2012

In Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, languages such as K'iche' and Mam continue to play a central role in rural daily life. The importance of maintaining these indigenous languages has been recognized by the Riecken Libraries, which has been implementing the RV grantee project Xela Civic Libraries. Members of the project have been involved in activities design to revitalize the Mam language including beginning to use audio recordings.