Photograph by Alvaro Salazar
In August - September 2011, linguistic anthropologist Anna Luisa Daigneault did research in South America for the Enduring Voices Project. She traveled to Peru and Chile to work with Language Technology Kit recipients as well as collaborate on several indigenous knowledge archiving projects.
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Using YouTube as a platform, researchers, academics, and communities can now collaborate more effectively on promoting language revitalization. Endangered languages that may have never been heard outside of a remote village can now reach a global audience.
Bolivia's Kallawaya tribe's ancient culture of herbalist healers encoded their specialized knowledge of medicinal plants in a secret, mixed language to be transmitted only within practitioner families.
A guide to Peru with articles, photos, facts, videos, and news from National Geographic.
A guide to Chile with articles, photos, facts, videos, and news from National Geographic.
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.