My wonderful students at Champlain College and I are deep into yet another important and urgent endangered alphabets/languages project. We are working to publish the first-ever collection of oral-tradition stories and proverbs from the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh.
These stories were collected by indigenous children, re-told to their classmates, recorded, transcribed, translated, and are even now being laid out in book format using a special kid-friendly font designed by the latest member of our team, Irina Wang.
This anthology is to be a fundraiser for the three schools where indigenous children can be educated in their own mother tongues.
In thanks for your donations, I am offering to carve “Thanks!” is the glorious fluid Balinese script at one level and one of the proverbs in the beautiful bubbly Marma script at another. Both these carvings were among the most popular items when the Endangered Alphabets were displayed at the Smithsonian.
For full details, please go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/663870893/education-in-the-chittagong-hill-tracts.
As always, if you can’t afford to support our campaign—which we totally understand!—please pass the link on to friends and colleagues.