The film was made during the ENGHUM Field School in the Nahua communities of San Miguel Xaltipan, San Francisco Tetlanohcan, San Pedro Tlalcuapan and San Miguel Tenango, in the Mexican states of Tlaxcala and Puebla. The Field School was a collaborative meeting of native speakers of different variants of Nahuatl, speakers of other indigenous tongues of Mexico including Yucatec Maya, Ayuuc and Mixtec, and speakers of minority languages in Europe, as well as scholars, students and language activists from Catalonia, El Salvador, Italy, Mexico, Poland, the United States and the United Kingdom. It's broad focus included participatory research, capacity-building in language revitalisation, training in ethnolinguistic fieldwork, documentation of the linguistic-cultural heritage of participating Indigenous communities and the presention and discussion of research in Nahuatl. Participants worked to raise the prestige and visibility of Indigenous languages, to foster communication between speakers of different variants of Nahuatl and speakers of different endangered languages, and to create practical materials for the teaching of Nahuatl.
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The workshop will be lead by Eddie Avila, the current Director of Rising Voices (https://rising.globalvoices.org). It will include an overview of case studies from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania as well as a view towards how creating Wikipedia projects in various languages can be of use for indigenous communities. The final session will deal with the strategies of finding allies in the networked digital space.
Workshops will be held at the Faculty of „Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw, 72 Dobra Street, Warsaw (conference room).
The programme is available here.
If you would like to participate in the workshop please compete the enrollment form until May 24, 2018.
After introducing and charting the development of the concept, the workshop will explore the utility of the discussed notion for the “Language as a Cure” project on the second day. On the third day, the focus will shift to the connection between trauma and language loss as well as healing through revitalisation, based on the cases of the Nawat (Pipil) language from El Salvador as well as Nahuatl from Guerrero (Mexico).
The programme is available here.
HERE you can find the programme of this two-day event in Polish.
Further information is available here.
The film directed by Piotr Strojnowski talks about the town of Wilamowice and the revitalization of Wymysiöeryś, the endangered language that is spoken here. It is a story of friendship across generations, of love for the language, of big and small achievements, and of the dreams which have the power to overcome the trauma caused by post-war persecutions.
“It doesn’t matter how many users a language has, how big the community is or where it is. We can and should save it.“
You can find whole report about Language Diveristy Week 2017 here. We wish you a pleasant reading.
More information about the project can be found in the podcast/interview (conducted in Polish) with the project leaders: Justyna Olko and Michał Bilewicz.
The 2017 Field School in San Miguel Xaltipan (Tlaxcala, Mexico), an event organized as part of the EngHum project with the participation of ‘Artes Liberales’ Faculty at the University of Warsaw, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, Leiden University and representatives of San Miguel Xaltipan took place between the 19th and 29th of August 2017.
Among the participants of the School that was organized in a Nahuatl-speaking zone were native speakers of various variants of Nahuatl itself and speakers of other indigenous languages of Mexico including Yucatec Maya, Ayuuc and Mixtec. Numerous scholars working on language documentation and language revitalization as well as language activists from Mexico, El Salvador, the U.S., Poland, United Kingdom, Italy and Catalonia also gathered in San Miguel Xaltipan. Activities scheduled for the duration of the School included workshops on language documentation techniques (audio and video recordings), data and metadata management, linguistic software used in language documentation and revitalization, design of pedagogical materials in language revitalization, etc. The School was also an opportunity for the exchange of experiences and making valuable contacts with fellow language activists working in language revitalization. Participants of the School had the chance to practice newly acquired skills during numerous workshops in a series of tasks assigned to them and involving documenting Nahuatl spoken in San Miguel Xaltipan, San Pedro Tlalcuapan and San Francisco Tetlanohcan. The programme of the School also included a number of academic and non-academic presentations on a range of topics in language documentation and revitalization strategies involving work with minority languages in Mexico, Central America, Africa and Europe. On the 25th and the 26th of August another edition of the Interdialectal Nahuatl Encounter took place. Several dozen of people gathered in Xaltipan in order to discuss a range of topics concerning the Nahuatl language and to do so in Nahuatl which was the language of communication during the Encounter. Nahuatl was also one of the working languages during the duration of the School beside Spanish.
The event’s programme also included trips to two Nahuatl-speaking towns: San Miguel Tenango in the state of Puebla and San Pedro Tlalcuapan in the state of Tlaxcala. An excursion to the archeological sites of Cacaxtla and Xochitecatl were made as well. During the School several hundreds books in Nahuatl published by the University of Warsaw (the ‘Totlahtol’ series) were distributed free of charge to the Nahua people in San Miguel Xaltipan and in other Nahua communities located nearby.
Text: Elwira Sobkowiak
More photos here
The purpose of the school is capacity-building in close collaboration with the local community, local knowledge-holders and members of ethnic minorities. Confirmed participating experts include knowledge holders from San Miguel Xaltipan, San Francisco Tetlanohcan and San Miguel Tenango, Natalio Hernandez (Nahua poet, writer and activist), Werner Hernández (psychiatrist, activist and teacher of Pipil/Nawat in El Salvador; expert on the revitalization of Pipil/Nawat) and Adam Coon (expert in Nahua culture and literature; University of Minnesota, Morris). Participants of the field school will visit other Nahuatl-speaking communities, including San Miguel Tenango and San Francisco Tetlanohcan.
Here you can find a programme of the event: