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Update #37

A request (not for money), and an incentive

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Dear Friends of the Endangered Alphabets,

I’m writing to ask you not for money but for suggestions.

This has been a great winter for the Alphabets. In the past six months they’ve been displayed and discussed at Carleton University in Ottawa, at Eastern Tennessee State University, at Harvard, at First Nations University in Regina (Saskatchewan) and most recently at American University in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, the recent Kickstarter campaign raised $5,000+ to print books in endangered alphabets for indigenous children in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. 

 Where I need your help is in looking ahead. Almost all of those events and bookings were set up several months in advance, as you’d expect, so I need to be planning my Alphabet activities for the second half of 2014 right now. Several of you have at various times recommended places where you thought the Alphabets might find a temporary home or showcase, and that’s what I’d like from you now: names of universities, libraries, museums or other institutions I can contact and send Alphabet information. If you know the name of the specific person I should call or email, so much the better. If you yourself are in a position to book the Alphabets, better still! 

 Much of the basic information about booking the exhibition can be found at http://www.endangeredalphabets.com/?page_id=166

 Oh, and one small incentive: anyone who sends me a promising-looking contact will receive a signed copy of my book Endangered Alphabets. 

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you! 

 Tim


Update #36

Thanks to you...

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Happy New Year, in Mongolian calligraphy
Happy New Year, in Mongolian calligraphy

…we've just about reached our goal at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1388900883/our-golden-hour. We are so, so close, and we couldn't have done it without your support. I wish I could send you all vast, beautiful, monumental carvings of support in exotic and beautiful endangered scripts…

Tim


Update #35

Thanks--but more help needed!

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Thanks to all of you who have backed our new Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1388900883/our-golden-hour. You helped us reach $1,500--but we still need to average $200 a day to reach our goal, and to be able publish children's books for indigenous students who speak the endangered languages of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. 

That's not going to be easy. 

Anything you can do to help, whether it's a financial contribution, or posting about the project on social media, or contacting anyone who you think might back us--we'll be very grateful for your time and support.

Thanks so much.

Tim

The Mro alphabet specially created for this project by Tom Sanalitro
The Mro alphabet specially created for this project by Tom Sanalitro

Update #34

A valuable boost, please?

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After a flying start, our new Kickstarter--a campaign to publish children's books in endangered languages/alphabets--seems to have stalled. Please support us at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1388900883/our-golden-hour!


Update #33

New Alphabets Initiative! Please Help Us!

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Big news! My students at the Champlain College Publishing Initiative are partnering with my Endangered Alphabets Project to publish four children's books in the endangered languages of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. We're launching a Kickstarter to fund the printing and shipping of these books, and we hope you'll support us. Saving these endangered languages and cultivating education within the Hill Tracts is not possible without your support.

I'll be making carvings of thanks in one of these indigenous alphabets to anyone who supports us at the $250 level or higher.

Please head to our Kickstarter page at http://kck.st/1mZdPMZ and consider supporting our work. Thanks!

Tim


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