San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala – Joined Rising Voices in 2014
San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala. Photo by imsbildarkiv and used under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.
When we last saw Israel Quic, he was being featured by Facebook's Ten Stories in recognition for his work promoting the Tz'utujil language on the Internet in communities surrounding Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. As a tireless activist for his native language online, he has seen firsthand how the current generation has been rapidly losing connections with its language. He seeks to reverse that trend by partnering with the Community Library Rija'tzuul Na'ooj in San Juan La Laguna and the Guatemalan Academy of Mayan Languages, where the project will build an offline/online community of young people that want to learn how to use citizen media and social networks to revitalize the Tz'utujil language.
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