This is the story of my journey as I begin to explore the field of language revitalization. I plan to update as the story unfolds.
I am a Linguistics re-entry student with a love for education and social innovation. My collaborators are a documentary linguist with a passion for language revitalization, and a theatre professional with a passion for puppetry. Together, we are exploring one way in which the complex societal issue of language endangerment might be overcome.
The project takes place in a small, isolated community in the Peruvian Amazon working with the Iquito language. With just 12 speakers left, the language is highly endangered.
My first task was to determine if how we could make music, art, and theatre— my usual pedagogy method— in the jungle setting. For that we have established a pilot workshop programming that takes place in Peru this June.
My next task has been to determine how we could make music, art, and theatre in the jungle. The solution has been to utilize items such as light-weight tuned percussion tubes and found objects that are naturally available.
Then the fun began! I started to make my activity prototypes.