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Scientist Lives as Inuit for a Year to Save Disappearing Language


Society & Culture  (tags: culture, death, education, language, Inuit )

Michelle
- 2978 days ago - edition.cnn.com
A British anthropologist is setting out on a year-long stay with a small community in Greenland in an ambitious attempt to document its dying language and traditions.



   

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Fiona O (561)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 10:51 am
Languages and cultures must be saved. It is part of our rich human inheritance. Thank you for the news.
 

Charmaine C (177)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 11:20 am
Good luck! I hope he succeeds in his quest! Are there no Danish or Greenlanders interested in preserving this local Inuit tribe, it's language and traditions? I can understand climate change (and isn't that sad!) but how will politics force them to move?
 

Susan S (187)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 12:02 pm
When we were in Sydney, Australia at the Museum of Contemporary Art we saw an amazing video presentation about indigenous cultures and languages. Hopefully it reached many people to help them to think about the importance of original languages which are becoming lost. It did touch me deeply. Thanks for this article - it is so sad to see cultures such as this being pushed out due to politics and environmental change. It goes to show how hard we have work to preserve the Arctic tundra.
 

Mehdi H (27)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 1:03 pm
noted
 

Judith C (159)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 4:03 pm
good, it's important language & tradition
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 4:28 pm
Noted, thanks. I agree with Lady Bee Hive Lady.
 

Rhonda Maness (580)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 5:31 pm
Thanks Michelle
 

Michael Carney (217)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 8:02 pm
Noted, thanks Michelle
 

Molly Lemen (52)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 10:36 pm
thanks. grandmother is Inuit but was a little girl when whites first really appeared in her village (she remembers the introduction of sugar and flour to her little part of the world) but she has forgotten almost all of her motherstongue. which is sad :(
 

Molly Lemen (52)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 10:36 pm
i really hope they do well to preserve this dying language.
 

Ness F (211)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 10:40 pm
" The Native Tongue" of many cultures is the an intrigual part of this world's tapestry! To loose this would be a very sad day indeed!
 

Cindy C (125)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 2:25 am
AW WELL I DO HOPE THEY SAVE IT, AS IT WOULD BE INTERESTING FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
 

Gail Lopez (65)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 2:55 am
What a noble effort. Thank you for this link.
 

gail dair (0)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 3:13 am
Noted ty
 

Mike M (40)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 4:21 am
Noted
 

Claire Claire (8)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 5:04 am
very interesting
 

Mari 's (1356)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 5:17 am

TYVM:)
 

Kortney Foley (5)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 6:00 am
This is such a good thing to hear! It's devotion like that, that makes you know the world isn't all selfish.
 

Bette M (91)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 6:21 am
The inuit people are very uinique in their culture.
Well worth reading up on them.
The inuits have beatiful works of art too.

Let us not forget the language of the trees & forests!

Plant & protect trees for life.........
 

Alicia V (181)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 7:27 am
I agree with lady Bee and Olivia.
 

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 12:49 pm
I wish him success with his mission.
 

Mary Ann Coute (1)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 2:00 pm
It's hard to imagine a place in the world today that very few people communicate with,besides the fact that we probably wouldn't understand them.I've always thought of the Amazon rainforest as the place where you would still find people with their own language and way of life.Thank you for bringing another part of this blue marble we live on to my litttle corner I call home.
 

Tamila F (3)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 3:14 pm
What a wonderful person to do this. Preservation of our earths cultures are so important.
 

Lynn Marie M (22)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 6:13 pm
Fantastic.
 

josie batlles (44)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 7:30 pm
thank you very much for sharing this interesting article! x
 

Teresa K (33)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 7:33 pm
Noted and thanks!
 

Anne F (17)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 8:18 pm
University of Alaska has several students working with elders to record words and grammar.
 

jodi m (37)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 8:20 pm
this will make a great movie and book when it's all done, and hopefully the effort to save the language will work!
 

Terry B (649)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 8:39 pm
I know several Naragansetts here in Rhode Island that seem to be well versed in their history but have completely lost their language. Too bad.

Actually the founder of Rhode Island back in 1636, Roger Williams, wrote an English-Naragansett dictionary. How much use is it getting today other than bibliophiles looking at a few of the copies still arouind?
 

Ana S (76)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 10:07 pm
Thanks!
 

Jo Hofreiter (20)
Monday August 23, 2010, 12:27 am
Bravo to S.P. Leonard!
He is doing history a great service.

It would be nice if he after doing so would write about it.

Onward & Upward Mr. Leonard.

JO
 

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Monday August 23, 2010, 6:11 am
Let us hope that not just the language, but the culture and the people are preserves.
 

Gina Nichols (4)
Monday August 23, 2010, 7:40 am
I agree with Beehive Lady
 

Past Member (0)
Monday August 23, 2010, 7:56 am
Why aren't the Danish doing alongside the Greenlandics?
 

Dylan C. (3)
Monday August 23, 2010, 12:48 pm
I'm glad someone cares enough to try to preserve the language and culture. But I wonder why it is not the Inuit people themselves.
 

Monica D (580)
Monday August 23, 2010, 10:01 pm
I hope he succeeds.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 2:10 am
Wow! That is so cool! Stephen Pax Leonard: you are Legend for giving this a go and I truly hope it works out for you!
Noted, thanks!
 

Kristy M (70)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 6:07 am
It's such important work.
 

. (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 8:32 pm
interesting, good for him!
 

Aneta J (0)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 5:51 am
interesting noted
 

Tammy Eiland (23)
Sunday August 29, 2010, 6:16 pm
inspiring...thanks for posting
 

ChanTlalok Rain C (363)
Tuesday September 21, 2010, 7:08 pm
thanx Michele, Lova U, God Bless everyone everwhere always.
 
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