INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES INDIGENEITY

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Chaired by Hinurewa te Hau (New Zealand), Matariki Cultural Foundation with Eluned Hâf (UK), Wales Arts International;
Carmensusana Tapia Morales (Colombia), Instituto Distrital de las Artes, Idartes;
Sandra Márjá West (Norway), Riddu Riđđu Festival

There is an urgent need to preserve, revitalise and promote Indigenous languages around the world. Music can raise awareness, not only for the people who speak there native languages, but also for others to appreciate the important contribution the 'native tongue' make's to our world’s rich cultural diversity.
Whether it’s spoken, signed or written, language is a human universal. There are very few cultures (if any) in the world that do not have music of some sort. Music and language have closer links than just being something we all do, though. Both are forms of social bonding
Music has traditionally been associated with bringing people together. Whether it’s through a shared emotional experience, appreciation of an art form, or as part of a ceremony or ritual, music is usually a group activity. Language is the same — most people don’t speak to themselves, it takes two or more people to communicate. Are we doing enough to preserve language through music!

article posted by:Hinurewa te Hau, Matariki Cultural Foundation

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