Mary Linn – Vital Voices: Endangered Languages in a Changing World
The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates Art Of Living Series
Happy Holidays everyone. Welcome to The Not Old Better Show. I’m Paul Vogelzang and this is episode #418. As part of our Smithsonian Associates Art of Living Interview Series, our guest today is Mary Linn, Curator of Cultural and Linguistic Revitalization for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH). As a matter of fact, we’re listening to some Smithsonian Folkways Recordings of a Harvest Song, and the CFCH Music from South New Guinea series. Mary Linn discusses with us how indigenous languages are linked to health, education, and employment, as well as the vital connection they provide to the continuity of knowledge and cultural practices. Mary Linn also tells us how speakers of endangered and minoritized languages are engaged in innovative efforts to reclaim them, thus revitalizing, and drawing on examples from several resilient communities, including unwritten languages.
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