[lg policy] Terralingua E-News Issue # 11

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
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Date: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 5:00 PM
Terralingua E-News Issue # 11



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   *Terralingua E-News Issue # 11*
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*March 31, 2011*
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 Spring is in the air here on beautiful Salt Spring Island, and we continue
to plant the seeds of hope for the future of our planet and its peoples.

We hope you enjoy reading our monthly e-news. Please send us your feedback,
and spread the news about biocultural diversity!

 Warm regards,

Tania Aguila
Terralingua Office Manager
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         *THE GREAT BIOCULTURAL DIVERSITY CHALLENGE*

 Terralingua is launching a challenge to high school students for the
development of a Biocultural Diversity Tutorial to explain the concept of
Biocultural Diversity to other high school students. This is part of
Terralingua’s new project to develop educational materials on Biocultural
Diversity for schools and the general public.

Two senior students at the Gulf Islands Secondary School (GISS) on Salt
Spring Island, Marcello Aguila and Daisy Dilts, are the first to take up
this challenge. They worked hard on their tutorial and will soon be
presenting it to their fellow students at GISS. The ultimate goal is to
attract the students’ and their teachers’ interest in Biocultural Diversity
and the work of Terralingua. More on this next month.
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     *HELP THE TSILHQOT’IN FIRST NATION SAVE FISH LAKE, A SACRED NATURAL
SITE*

As part of our new Indigenous Oral Literatures project, we have been in
contact with members of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, in the interior of
British Columbia (BC), Canada. We are discussing with them a collaboration
to assist the recording and intergenerational transmission of their oral
traditions. Many of these oral traditions refer to a natural site, Fish Lake
(Teztan Biny in Tsilhqot’in) that is sacred to the Tsilhqot’in.

But now the lake is under threat by a major gold and copper mining project
(the so-called “Prosperity Mine”), which, if it were to go ahead, might turn
Fish Lake into a tailing pond and pollute various watercourses. The
Tsilhqot’in have expressed strong opposition to this project, with the
support of the Assembly of First Nations of Canada. In November 2010, the
Federal Government of Canada decided not to approve this project on
environmental grounds.

However, the mining company, Taseko Mines Ltd., recently submitted a new
proposal to the federal government. On the grounds that “we need jobs”, the
newly elected Premier of BC, Ms. Christy Clark, has requested that the
Federal Government reconsider its previous decision and approve this
proposal, which has yet to be subjected to any kind of assessment. To read
more click here...<http://e2ma.net/go/7016513204/208516195/221378026/1405789/goto:http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2011/24/c5915.html>

A campaign is underway, organized by Friends of the Nemaiah Valley, to help
protect Teztan Biny-Fish Lake from this ecologically and culturally
destructive development. We would encourage our Canadian members, and all
others who feel strongly on this issue, to express their positions to the
Canadian and BC governments about this project that will have such a great
impact on Tsilhqot’in communities and the fragile ecosystems they rely on
for their survival. To read more click here...
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        *INTERVIEW ON TERRALINGUA INDEX OF LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY GETS MORE
PUBLICITY*

Our Index of Linguistic Diversity (ILD), a first-ever tool that measures the
state and trends in the vitality of the world's languages, which was
recently the object of the National Geographic News Watch interview
"Language Diversity Index Tracks Global Loss of Mother Tongues", by David
Braun, is getting further publicity. The interview has been picked up
by  Langology
Language News<http://e2ma.net/go/7016513204/208516195/221378028/1405789/goto:http://www.langology.org/?p=1522>,
an online service  that centralizes language resources scattered on the web,
for the benefit of readers interested in meaningful and reliable language
and linguistics news. If you missed the NatGeo interview when we first
announced it, here's another opportunity to catch up on it! You can also
find the peer-reviewed article on the ILD in * Language Documentation and
Conservation<http://e2ma.net/go/7016513204/208516195/221378029/1405789/goto:http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/ldc/2010/abstracts.html%23harmonloh>
*, and the full report and data on the ILD on our
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*LANGSCAPE, VOLUME II, ISSUE 8*
   The Case for Linguistic Diversity

 *CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS *

  We are inviting contributions to our next issue of *Langscape*,
Terralingua's e-magazine. The main theme of this issue will be* The Case for
Linguistic Diversity.*

The issue will highlight Terralingua's project, the Index of Linguistic
Diversity<http://e2ma.net/go/7016513204/208516195/221378031/1405789/goto:http://www.terralingua.org/projects/ild/ild.htm>,
which was published in the journal Language Documentation and
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was recently the object of an in-depth interview
on National Geographic News
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complement this focus, the
*Langscape* editor is seeking case studies, traditional stories,
photographs, and news to support the pressing issue of sustaining global
linguistic diversity as a key component of the biocultural diversity of
life.

The deadline is *April 30, 2011*
For more information, please contact the *Langscape* Editor, Ortixia
Dilts<ortixia at terralingua.org?subject=>
.

 *GAIN EXPOSURE FOR YOUR BIOCULTURAL DIVERSITY CONSERVATION PROJECT BY
ADDING IT TO TERRALINGUA'S ONLINE PORTAL!*

Our 2010 book * Biocultural Diversity Conservation: A Global
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* has had a significant impact on the conservation community, showing the
way toward an integrative and synergistic approach to conserving nature and
strengthening and revitalizing local cultures and languages.

The book’s companion
portal<http://e2ma.net/go/7016513204/208516195/221378035/1405789/goto:http://www.terralingua.org/bcdconservation/>showcases
biocultural diversity conservation projects contributed by people
from all over the world. The
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foster understanding of this approach, and contribute to creating a
favorable climate for biocultural diversity conservation.

As we get ready to celebrate the first anniversary of the portal launch, we
would like to renew our invitation to people involved in biocultural
conservation projects to add their projects to the portal. Featuring your
project on the portal contributes to giving visibility to the project and to
the biocultural approach, and to creating a community of practice, for the
mutual benefit of all participants.

To find out about project submission criteria and modalities, go to  “add
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the portal or contact
ortixia at terralingua.org. For your convenience, project submission forms are
also available in Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and French.

And stay tuned for announcements about our second annual Biocultural
Diversity Conservation Portal event, coming up in June 2011!
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         *A NEW BOOK: BIRDS OF THE GREAT ANDAMANESE*
By Satish Pande and Anvita Abbi

Terralingua's Advisory Panel member, the linguist Prof. Anvita Abbi, and her
colleague, ornithologist Dr. Satish Pande, just published a treasure of a
book, *Birds of the Great Andamanese: Names, Classification and Culture*, in
which they describe Andamanese traditional knowledge of birds. Richly
illustrated with stunning color photographs of the birds, the book also
serves as a field guide to birds of the Andaman Islands. In one of! the
book's two forewords, Terralingua Director Luisa Maffi notes: "The language
of the Great Andamanese is on the wane - and along with it, go the way of
life, worldview, and traditional knowledgeof its speakers... Aware that time
is ticking, Pande and Abbi have engaged in an 11th-hour rescue effort, to
record on paper as much as they could about one aspect of a vast repository
of knowledge, beliefs, and practices: the world of birds - their naming and
classification by, and cultural significance for, the Great Andamanese."
 For more about the  project click here...
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 *WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST *
*BOARD MEMBER*

We are delighted to announce the recent addition of another stellar member
to our Board of Governors: *Christopher P. Dunn, Ph.D.* (At-Large,
2011-2013) is a botanist and conservation ecologist who has considerable
research experience studying the relationships between people and place and
human impacts on the landscape. As director of an arboretum in Hawai‘i, he
has developed a keen interest in the intersection of biological and cultural
conservation. To read more click
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