Photograph by Chris Rainier
The first Enduring Voices Language Revitalization Workshop for Northeast India was held in Shillong, Meghalaya, India, on December 17, 2011. Representing National Geographic Society were Fellows Dr. Gregory Anderson and Mr. Christopher Rainier; Dr. Gracious Temsen and Dr. Ganesh Murmu represented Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. The workshop brought together eight young linguists and language activists from across Northeast India.
A language previously unknown to linguists, and spoken by about 800 people, has been documented in the mountains of northeast India.
Read the full report from the Enduring Voices team's 2011 expedition to Arunachal Pradesh, India, where they visited five endangered language communities.
The Enduring Voices team made its third expedition to Arunachal Pradesh, India in November 2010.
See photos from the Enduring Voices 2011 expedition to Arunachal Pradesh, India, where they visited five endangered language communities.
See photos from the first Enduring Voices Language Revitalization workshop in Shillong, Meghalaya, India, that brought together eight young linguists and language activists from across Northeast India.
Meet the Team
Dr. Gregory D. S. Anderson is a linguist who is director of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the documentation, revitalization, and maintenance of endangered languages.
K. David Harrison is a linguist and leading specialist in the study of endangered languages. He co-leads the Enduring Voices project at National Geographic and is an associate professor at Swarthmore College.
Chris Rainier is considered one of the leading documentary photographers working today. His life's mission is to put on film both the remaining natural wilderness and indigenous cultures around the globe and to use images to create social change.
The Enduring Voices Project represents a partnership between National Geographic Mission Programs and the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages.
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The Last Speakers
The poignant chronicle of K. David Harrison’s expeditions around the world to meet with last speakers of vanishing languages.