Bloomington’s The Language Conservancy (TLC) works to preserve Native languages that would otherwise be lost. Pictured here is one of the many books the organization produces to assist those trying to learn specific languages. | Photo by Nicole McPheeters
By Michelle Gottschlich, photography by Nicole McPheete.
“Excuse me, are you Kevin?” The man has long braided hair, a rolling suitcase, and an armful of colorful hoops. We’re in the lobby of the Monroe County Public Library. He responds with a politely blank “Yes.” Of course he is Kevin.
Before his performance, I sit down for a short interview with Kevin Locke, who is Lakota and Anishnabe. We talk about the stigma that comes out of poverty on reservations and why so many Lakotas don’t speak Lakota anymore… (LIMESTONE POST)
Photograph by Jonas Bendiksen, National Geographic
Every two weeks a language dies. Wikitongues wants to save them.
Many of the world’s most remote languages are in danger of disappearing. Here, neighbors in the Altai mountains in China craft a new pair of skis. The range connects Russia, China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, making the threatened Altai language an unusual blend of dialects… NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
AFTER 130 years, Coca Cola is branching out from its traditional flavours and launching a grog infused version of its cult favourite fizzy drink.
COCA-Cola is one of the most iconic brands in the world — yet it’s never strayed far from its original drinks. That is, until now.The brand is bringing out its first ever alcoholic drink, based on a Japanese alcopop.Coca-Cola is currently in the process of creating their own version of popular Japanese drink Chu-Hi, a fizzy drink with a small amount of shochu alcohol… NEWS.COM.AU
Brazil is facing a political crisis, and news organizations are facing down a torrent of breaking news as corruption scandals spanning the last several Brazilian presidents continue to roil the country.
In the eye of the storm, the digital outlet Nexo Jornal has tried to carve out a space for itself somewhere in between academic research and explanatory journalism. It’s held firm to its founding notion of being a subscriber-focused business, as it approaches its second year (under a second Brazilian president, who recently survived impeachment)…. NIEMAN LAB
The hijab emoji was approved in November last year [Courtesy Apple]
US tech giant Apple has previewed forthcoming emojis, including one that depicts a woman wearing a hijab.
More than 12 animated symbols were unveiled on Monday to celebrate World Emoji Day and will be released on Apple devices later this year, the company said.
“The new Emoji make it easier for users to express themselves with greater diversity, additional animals and creatures, new smiley faces and more,” Apple said in a statement… ALJAZEERA
In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s what’s up with “Despacito,” which you’ve undoubtedly heard even from under that rock.
The summer’s Spanish-language megahit from Puerto Rican musician Luis Fonsi and guest Daddy Yankee has been taking over the internet at, ironically, lightning speeds. (“Despacito” means “slowly.”) This week it became the most-streamed song of all time… VOX
Sixty-two percent of Hispanic-American adults are bilingual, and as more young people come to prefer reading in English, the paper is being forced to adapt…. NIEMAN LAB.