performed but not spoken (2): symbolic reduction, language ideology, and ‘amis popular music

We are used to the idea that language is a form of cultural patrimony. Many arguments for endangered language preservation, in fact, begin from this premise, which defines languages as Continue Reading →

performed but not spoken (1)

as noted in the last post, this year the foundation for endangered languages annual conference focuses on music and language revitalization movements. as a student of an endangered language and Continue Reading →

spears or umbrellas? dance and the politics of stance

what are the stakes in the revival or reformation of ritual? to answer that question we might ask (1) what kinds of stances do particular revivals or ritual practice afford, Continue Reading →

hegemony and hopeful indigeneity (1): the diversity condition

it is time that we place the idea that indigenous people have a responsibility to maintain their languages and expressive cultures in an historical context. although we consider diversity a Continue Reading →