February 21st, 2014 Last Updated on: February 21st, 2014
PowWows.com reader Kathryn Briner (Kiowa, Comanche, Apache) gave us the heads up that today was International Mother Tongue Day and there was a call to tweet in your native tongue. But why let twitter have all the fun? Let's post all over the Internet today with our native languages.
I am not as talented as those that can actually speak their language, but hey I can throw out a few words in the nʉmʉ tekwapʉ̱ (Comanche language) like kaku, taabe, and kwasinaboo. What can you tell us in your native language?
Suggested format for participating:
1) On Friday, February 21, tweet in your mother language about why it’s important to use your native tongue in citizen media.
2) You may also want to follow that tweet with a translation so that more people following along can read your message.
3) Important: add the following hashtags to your tweet:
#imld14 (International Mother Language Day 2014)
#(the name of the language you are writing in), for example #cherokee #bambara #xhosa
4) Follow along the hashtag #imld14 to see messages from around the world and retweet to help amplify their messages. You may also wish to follow along the hashtag of your language to connect with others that you may not already know.
For more information check out the blog post from Living Tongues.
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