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Making word games in endangered alphabets so children in indigenous communities can learn and play in their traditional alphabets.
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    Digital Alphabets Poster

    A printable pdf of the Endangered Alphabets Poster: "The right to read, the right to write."

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    Endangered postcards

    An assortment of five postcards featuring Endangered Alphabets carvings

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    A voice in the game design discussion

    Backers at this level (or higher) will be invited to take part in the discussion, over the next twelve months, over the series of word games to be developed for minority and indigenous cultures worldwide.

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    Endangered Alphabets Calligraphy 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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    Traditional crafts: purse/wallet

    Handmade purse/wallet from the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, one of the communities our game will serve

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    Endangered Alphabets playing cards

    In keeping with the games theme, these are standard playing card packs with the cool Endangered Alphabets logo--in the endangered Manchu script--on the back.

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    Handmade purse

    Handmade purse from the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, one of the communities our game will serve

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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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    Endangered Alphabets Puzzle

    A 252-piece puzzle depicting either the word "mango" superimposed on a photo of a mango, or the word "storm" on a dramatic photo of a storm, in the endangered Marma language.

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    Endangered Alphabets: the board game

    A copy of the finished board game in one of the endangered indigenous languages of Bangladesh or Indonesia.

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    Framed board game tile art print

    A framed print of the signature image of this campaign: the board game tile in the beautiful, fluid Balinese script.

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    Javanese Poem Introduction

    The Javanese character that announces the opening of a poem, carved in golden-flecked sapele wood. A similar character announces that the poem has ended.
    One of the great discoveries of working on the Alphabets has been the ways in which other writing systems encompass symbols we've apparently never even considered, or which denote ideas or insights we don't see, or don't see as important. The notion of a piece of--what, punctuation?--that invites us to read a text with a different frame of mind! I find that fabulous.

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    Endangered Alphabets board game carvings

    Each of these nine original carvings, approximately 12" x 10", features a letter from an endangered script and a number from the same culture's number system,

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    Second Language Coffee Table

    A single unique coffee table, in walnut and maple, bearing a hand-carved inscription in the endangered Javanese script: "Speaking one language is not enough."

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    The Tibetan Blessing Table

    This circular cherry dining table, slightly under 5 feet in diameter, was made by cabinetmaker Tim Peters, and I carved into the top the phrase “Graceful kindness” in Tibetan six times in a circular band, so it repeats like a blessing, or a mantra. (The Tibetan script is based on a design by world-renowned Buddhist calligrapher Tashi Mannox.)
    The table has an unusual organic quality: it is assembled without nails, screws, or glue.

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    Javanese "I love you"

    Original and unique hand-carved text in the endangered Javanese script. Approx. 20"x10"

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    Mongolian "Sunrise"

    Original and unique carving, 15" x 7 1/2", of the Mongolian word "sunrise" on maple.

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