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Celebrating Indigenous Languages

There are approximately 7,000 languages spoken around the globe, and more than 4,000 of them are part of Indigenous cultures. According to the United Nations, 2,680 of those Indigenous languages are at risk of disappearing. Readers who would like to hear some of these languages may enjoy Celebrating Indigenous Languages, a new interactive project from Google Earth. Launched in August 2019, this project features audio recordings of more than 50 different Indigenous languages from around the world. For each language, visitors can listen to a traditional greeting and two other examples of the language (e.g. common phrases or songs). For instance, Lori Laiwa Thomas in California shared a traditional song for women dancers and the word for "mother" in the Central Pomo language, while Dr. Solange Pawou Molu from Cameroon shared her favorite proverb and a lullaby in Bamum, her native language. In addition to the recordings, each language also includes a photo of the speaker and a short paragraph about the language. Users can browse through the languages by choosing a pin on the globe or using the arrows in the sidebar. Celebrating Indigenous Languages can be explored online and also downloaded as a Google Earth KMZ file. Users will have the best results with a Google Chrome browser.
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