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    Revitalization Workshop

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Stories From the Expeditions

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    One World, Many Voices Festival

    Experience the vibrant cultural expressions of some of the world's rarest languages in this collection of photos, videos, and more from the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which brought together people from traditional cultures in every region of the globe.

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    Vanishing Voices Pictures

    By the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear, as communities abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish. What is lost when a language goes silent?

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    NG Explorers Help Record Xyzyl Language

    The Enduring Voices team reports back on the Xyzyl (pronounced “hizzle”) language from the Republic of Xakasia northwest of Mongolia. They will be working with the Xyzyl people to create a talking dictionary and grammar to help them preserve their ancient tongue.

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    Arunachal Pradesh, India Expedition 2011

    Read the full report from the Enduring Voices team's 2011 expedition to Arunachal Pradesh, India, where they visited five endangered language communities.

More Photos and Videos

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    Kalmykia Photos

    Scenes of skilled craftsmen, meditative priests, and dedicated performers reveal the faces behind the stories the team brought back. In these images, the Kalmyk language, culture, and people spring to life.

  • Photo: Abamu Degio with her portrait by Chris Rainier, featured in the December 2010 National Geographic article about Koro

    Arunachal Pradesh, India 2011 Photos

    See photos from the Enduring Voices 2011 expedition to Arunachal Pradesh, India, where they visited five endangered language communities.

  • Photo: Grace Temsen (center) watches as Pyndap Khongjirem (left) records a word and sentence list from Kailadbou Daimai (right) in the Liangmai Naga language

    Northeast India Workshop Photos

    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.

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    Chile Expedition

    The Enduring Voices team traveled to Chile to assess the current status of an endangered South American language, Huilliche. Read their findings about why Huilliche is much more endangered, at least in some communities, and the overall number of speakers lower than previously reported.

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    Enduring Voices Launches YouTube Channel

    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.

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    Santa Fe Workshop Digital Stories and Books

    View photos of digital stories and books in different endangered languages from the Santa Fe workshop held in April 2010.

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    Papua New Guinea Photos

    See photos of the Enduring Voices team's expedition to Papua New Guinea and view speakers and words of the Foe, Yokoim, Wamut, Karim (Yimas), Panau, and Huli languages.

  • Photo: Tonton with Yahay, Tsiyokod, and Othem

    Paraguay Expedition Photos

    In May 2009, the Enduring Voices team traveled to Paraguay, which lies within the Central South America Language Hotspot and has a reported 18 languages (not counting Spanish) belonging to six distinct language families.

Meet the Team

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    Gregory Anderson, Linguist

    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.

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    David Harrison, Linguist

    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.

  • Photo: Chris Rainier, photographer

    Chris Rainier,

    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.

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Living Tongues

The Enduring Voices Project represents a partnership between National Geographic Mission Programs and the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages.

Talking Dictionaries

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    Hear the world's rarest languages for yourself in the Talking Dictionaries that the Enduring Voices Project has created with various communities around the world.

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The Last Speakers

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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.


    "The Last Speakers" is now published in Japanese. Read the interview with Dr. Harrison here and purchase the Japanese edition here.

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