Snippets – Kawe, PNG languages disappearing, Inupiaq revitalization meetings

A short article on the Huffington Post “Kep Wayag, Raja Ampat Indonesia” by James Morgan tantalizingly mentions Morgan and company documenting folk tales in the language Kawe (kgb). According to the article, Pak Lucas Ayello is the elder of Saweo Village who they were recording.

According to some sources, the Smithsonian Natural History Museum sent a team from the US to Papua New Guinea (PNG) from January 13-22. The team found that PNG languages are disappearing quickly. See “PNG language diminishing” on the Pacific Islands News Association. PNG is well known as a rich area for language diversity. The Ethnologue lists 841 languages on PNG, with 830 having speakers.

According to the Arctic Sounder, the Inupiaq Language Strategic Planning group currently has a series of meetings scheduled in Kotzebue, AK, to discuss Inupiaq (ipk) revitalization. According to the Ethnologue, Inupiaq is a term covering two varieties, North Alaskan Inupiatun (esi) and Northwest Alaska Inupiatun (esk). The meetings are open to the public.

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