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We plan to create a 100-word children's pictorial dictionary in the endangered languages of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh.
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    Endangered Digital Poster

    A pdf file, suitable for printing, of our poster for International Mother Language Day depicting my carving of the phrase "Mother Tongue" in Mro, Marma, Chakma, and Bangla.

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    Your name in the dictionary

    For a pledge of $20 or more, we will print your name in a special thanks page in our children's pictorial dictionary.

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    Endangered Postcards

    A pack of 5 postcards depicting carvings in languages of the Chittagong Hill Tracts

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    Marma Notebook

    What better way to jot down your thoughts on language as you travel? An elegant, well-made and eminently practical notebook displaying the Marma proverb I carved at the Smithsonian.

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    Endangered Proverb Mug

    A china coffee mug displaying a photo of a carving I did at the Smithsonian of a proverb in Marma.

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    Rollup bamboo pen and pencil holders

    Exactly the handmade item you might use to take your writing implements to school--and see our dictionary!

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    Endangered Fontbook

    A copy of one of the beautiful font books, in either Mro or Marma, created for the Endangered Alphabets and Our Golden Hour by Tom Sanalitro

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    Calligraphy Tote Bag

    A sturdy tote bag displaying the letter "ta" in the endangered Marma language of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, created as part of an endangered calligraphy/typography project by Irina Wang.

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    Princess Monori

    A copy of the storybook Princess Monori, one of a series of traditional stories of the Hill Tracts collected by children from their grandparents or village elders and retold. In Marma and English.

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    Endangered Alphabets travel mug

    Beautiful yet robust, an insulated travel mug featuring the iconic Endangered Alphabets still life photo of carving in progress.

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    Chakma Human Rights print

    One of my first acts to support Our Golden Hour as they began developing the schools where indigenous children can be educated in their own mother tongues was to carve the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in their languages, for display in the schools. This is the Chakma version in progress, showing the method to my method. Chakma is one of the languages that will be included in our children's picture-book dictionary.

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    Endangered Alphabets--the book

    The expanded second edition of my book Endangered Alphabets, which narrates the creation and growth of the project, with photos of the carvings and stories of the cultures that gave rise to them

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    Handmade Hill Tracts Ladies' Wallet

    The people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts are renowned for their handcraft, especially weaving and textiles. This is a ladies' purse, simple but colorful and durable.

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    Princess Monori and The Gift of Water

    A copy of both Princess Monori and The Gift of Water, two of a series of traditional stories of the Hill Tracts collected by children from their grandparents or village elders and retold. In Marma and English.

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    Handmade Hill Tracts Ladies' Purse/Bag

    A colorful handmade item from the very people we are trying to serve with this campaign.

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    Handmade Mro necklace

    The people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts are renowned for their art and craftsmanship. This necklace is made by the Mro, one of the least populous and most endangered of the Hill Tracts minorities.

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    Endangered Dictionary

    A copy of the pioneering Pictorial Children's Dictionary of the Chittagong Hill Tracts

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    Endangered Poster

    A poster for International Mother Language Day depicting my carving of the phrase "Mother Tongue" in Mro, Marma, Chakma, and Bangla.

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    Endangered Tiles

    A set of four 4”x4” hand-carved tiles in cherry wood, each featuring a letter/initial of your choice in the Marma language of the Chittagong Hill Tracts

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    Marma Carving: "The body of a frog..."

    A hand-carved version of the whimsical Marma proverb from the Chittagong Hill Tracts, "The body of a frog, but the voice of an ox: small men make the best workers." See home page for photo.

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    Marma Carving: "A good husband..."

    A hand-carved version of the whimsical Marma proverb from the Chittagong Hill Tracts, "Good soil makes good crops: a good wife makes a good husband." See home page for photo.

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    "Mother Tongue" in Mro

    A carving of the phrase "Mother Tongue" in Mro, one of the most endangered languages of the Chittagong Hill Tracts and one of the languages we plan to include in the dictionary.

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    Lexicographic consultation

    For anyone else interested in tackling a dictionary project, Michael Horlick, one of our three (count 'em!) professional lexicographers will offer a 60-90 minute Skype consultation to get you on the right track.

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    Dignity, Fairness, Hope

    A hand-carved wooden plaque depicting the phrase “Dignity, Fairness, Hope” in the Marma language of the Chittagong Hill Tracts

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    Marma Proverb

    A hand-carved wooden plaque bearing a traditional proverb of the Marma people of the Chittagong hill Tracts: "It is only the pupils who become masters."

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