Archive for the ‘television’ Category

Cree broadcast wins journalism award

11 May 2013

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, or CBC, has dozens of locations in Canada and around the world, including CBC North, which provides TV and radio broadcasts in languages such as Chipewyan (chp), Cree (cre), Dogrib (dgr), Gwich’in (gwi), Inuktitut (ike), Inuvialuk (ikt), North Slavey (scs) and South Slavey (xsl).

This past weekend, the Canadian Association of Journalists held their annual conference, including an awards ceremony. Among the winners was the episode “Breaking the mold,” broadcast on the Cree-language Maamuitaau program.

Learn more in the article “Serving Canada’s north – excellence in 8 aboriginal languages” on the Editor’s Blog of CBC News.

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Matȟó Waúŋšila Thiwáhe – a cartoon with Lakota values and Lakota dialects

15 September 2011

The Berenstain Bears are a family of bears in Bear Country who deal with various situations in their bear society. Popular among children and educational professionals for 49 years, the Berenstain Bears have a series of books as well as cartoons and video games. According to “About the Matȟó Waúŋšila Thiwáhe TV Series,” the values in the original series such as bravery, respect, generosity and fortitude are shared by the Lakota culture.

The Berenstain Bears was therefore selected to be made into the first Native American language cartoon series, and after more than a year of work, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Lakota Language Consortium have begun airing episodes—two are being released each week, according to “Native American Version of Berenstain Bears Launches Soon.”

The Lakota Bears site is also making the episodes available to the public after airing. Two are available right now. The site also offers an introduction to the voice actors and the project, and will offer the DVD in November 2011.

It is common in cartoons for the characters to have different speaking styles or dialects, and one of the key features of “Matȟó Waúŋšila Thiwáhe” is that the characters have different Lakota dialects, representing all ways of speaking Lakota.

It can be difficult to capture the attention of children. This is a model project that will hopefully not only catch kids’ attention, but teach them strong values and assist them in learning to speak Lakota.

Lakota (lkt) is a language spoken primarily in North and South Dakota in the US as well as surrounding states and in Canada.

Thanks to Summer Vodder for the tip. The story about “Matȟó Waúŋšila Thiwáhe” is spreading rapidly through the media, and can now be found on SFGate, the Huffington Post, and Rachel Maddow’s blog.

Canadian Conservative government pro-language

3 May 2011

Yesterday, the Conservative Party of Canada won a majority government for the first time in its eight years of existence.

James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, announced today that funding for the CBC will be maintained at the current level or increased. He said, “[The CBC] is essential for respect for all of our official languages and all of the regions of the country — broadcasting in aboriginal languages in the North.”

The CBC is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a public television and radio broadcaster. Among its services is CBC North, which operates in the Canadian Arctic. Their programs include broadcasts in:

CBC Radio 3 provides free music, with a category for Aboriginal artists, though a casual glance at a few pages revealed only music in English. The CBC also has a bilingual program titled “Legends,” recording traditional oral stories.