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Tom O'BrienBy Tom O'Brien
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Tom O'BrienBy Tom O'Brien
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$474
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, February 15 2018 6:52 PM UTC +00:00

About

Today, North America only has a total of 256 living languages. Out of those 256 languages, 238 are in the realm of extinction. The language of the Native American tribe, known as the Hopi, has yet to make the list, but from my observations visiting the Hopi Mesa as a guest, I noticed that the language is not spoken or readily understood by the youth of this tribe. Although most Hopi families live just a few hours away or even attend school on the reservation itself, the language is often not taught or used among these families. From conversations I've had with children on the reservation, including those with the child I actively sponsor, the interest for learning the language of their people is not at all lacking. This being true, I had an idea: what if we could aid the Hopi in reclaiming their heritage by creating a platform where Hopi youth can easily access and learn their language? I've read that the best way to pass on a language is to use the oral tradition of their people. It just so happens that dedicated writers have done just that, listening to traditional stories in Hopi and fully translating them in English. However, they remain unread and nearly out of print. Having discovered these texts, I met a wonderful person at Mesa Media that is willing to assist me in weaving the stories into a multi-media experience, the language flowing from her tongue as the story unfolds, interlacing Hopi with English, colors highlighting the narrative, bringing the Hopi and English words together into the minds of the listener, using social media that will be more appealing to the youth of this generation. Not only will this help revive the struggling  language, but it allows for the members of Hopi families to bond over the experience of learning about their heritage. Before another beautiful language slips away from our grasps, dragging the cultural traditions down with it, lets collectively  do something to assist - after a century of doing all we could to eliminate their culture. My goal is to raise enough to present the 1st story, and who knows, there are many more!

Risks and challenges

An early challenge was finding the appropriate platform that was available containing the multi-media components we needed. We settled on Microsoft PowerPoint to create the storylines, then pushing it out to YouTube for the users to experience. Once we finish the first story, there are several young people anxious to receive them, based upon the sample I shared. However, sharing the stories with the larger community may prove challenging. There is a tribal web site and newspaper in addition to access to local schools that we intend to utilize to share the stories. Acceptance of the modern can be an unpredictable factor with ancient societies.

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    Prayer Guardians

    Will receive warm thoughts and giggles from all the Hopi children who listen with their parents to these stories and of course our warmest thanks for your support in this admittedly unusual, though eagerly anticipated endeavor.

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    Will be admitted into the realm (digital) of oral tradition through a living Native American Language. (In other words, you will receive a link to our 1st story)

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    Language Keepers

    An original 3" painting from the young Hopi artist who painted 'The Flute Player' (Main page).

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