NPR: Saving Dying Languages In ‘The Linguists’

An odd definition of saving seems to be being used here, but “A new documentary called The Linguists, airing Today on PBS, follows ethnographers David Harrison and Greg Anderson as they race to document endangered languages in some of the most remote corners of the world.” Continue reading “NPR: Saving Dying Languages In ‘The Linguists’”

Radio France International talks to Tanzanian rural telecentre pioneer

The Family Alliance for Development and Cooperation (FADECO) has come a long way since 1993, when Joseph Sekiku and friends formed an alliance to help overcome poverty in north-western Tanzania.
Starting as a network of people sharing an internet connection, the small telecentre eventually became a computer literacy training station, an internet café, and has expanded to an informative radio station reaching two million listeners, many of whom are farmers. Radio France International interviewed Joseph after his story was featured in an APC study called Unbounded possibilities: Observations on sustaining rural ICTs. Listen to the interview (mp3 file):

Papuans dying of hunger

Tingginambut & Puncak Jaya situation dire. Latest news from the ground is that numbers of Papuans are dying of hunger after the month-long Indonesian military operation in the area. The presence of large numbers of TNI and POLRI throughout Puncak Jaya has prevented Papuans from tending their gardens to feed themselves. Villages destroyed, pigs killed and Papuans having to save themselves by hiding in the jungle.
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Indigenous groups oppose WWF ‘sustainable’ aquaculture effort

WWF last week founded a Council to certifiy fish and seafood farms. “We see the ASC as yet another attempt by a Big International NGO to formulate some ill-conceived plan to remedy the problems of unsustainable industrial shrimp farming,” said the Forest Peoples Programme in a statement. “These kinds of remedies do not involve the local communities and grassroots movements in the process of defining steps to be taken, and therefore exclude those peoples most affected by the industry’s ongoing assaults as readily evidenced in such locations as Lampung, Indonesia or Muisne, Ecuador, in Khulna, Bangladesh or Choluteca, Honduras.” Continue reading “Indigenous groups oppose WWF ‘sustainable’ aquaculture effort”

Tribes Reject Land Sale

Hollywood big shots got a taste of reality as their plans for building a Hollywood-style studio in the northern part of South Africa were blocked by the local Khoi-San community, tribes commonly known in the West as Bushmen.

The local population is preserving their culture, with some families practicing the traditional hunting and gathering lifestyle, and others herding cattle and goats, or farming desert crops. These ways of life would be threatened or destroyed by the presence of such large-scale commercial development. Continue reading “Tribes Reject Land Sale”

Uncontacted Indians face annihilation

The Awá are one of the last nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes in Brazil. About 60 Awá have no contact with outsiders. Although most live in legally recognized reserves, the Awá are hemmed into ever smaller spaces as loggers, settlers and cattle ranchers invade their land and cut down their forest. Continue reading “Uncontacted Indians face annihilation”