Indigenous Languages and Knowledge

Sharing core norms and values
Posted Jan 31, 2019 | UNESCO Courier , Minnie Degawan,

For indigenous peoples, languages identify their origin or membership in a community, and carry the ethical values of their ancestors in relation to the land, that are crucial to survival and the aspirations of their youth. However, Minnie Degawan points out in the UNESCO Courier that in many parts of the world, indigenous languages are on the verge of extinction. The biggest factor contributing to the loss of indigenous knowledge systems is the decision of some governments to extinguish indigenous languages, thereby threatening the indigenous peoples themselves. While new information and communication technologies could be used to enhance indigenous learning and preserve these languages and knowledge, this is rarely done.


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