What Can You Say in Your Native Language?

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown 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.

Via Wikipedia Commons

Via Wikipedia Commons

For more information check out the blog post from Living Tongues.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Cat Burton

Ah.Zo Mink.Shay!


I am looking for a video documentary you had up on this page yesterday. It was the first part of 13 stories about native culture and it was called, “the Drum”. It was very good and I want to buy the dvd but cannot find it and don’t know the title.

Paul G

We just published an article about that!

Read this – The Drum.

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