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Shows on the web  |  October 2011

Endangered languages and local knowledge: Visual materials from a seminar at the Foundation for Siberian Cultures, October 2-6, 2011

In many parts of Siberia, the effective transmission within the family of indigenous traditional knowledge and of the peoples' own languages was prevented or made more difficult under Soviet and Russian education policies. Today, indigenous communities are concerned about this loss of their cultural heritage. In collaboration with foreign partners, they are developing new pedagogical concepts and modern learning tools that focus on and incorporate their own traditional ways of learning. 

The clips that are shown here are earlier versions of later films for the DVD Sustaining Indigenous Knowledge. They illustrate the problems of conventional learning methods, but also point the way towards fruitful future efforts.

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Alexandra Lavrillier:
School for nomads: The Evenk in south-eastern Siberia are trying to preserve their language and way of life.
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Cecilia Odé:
Teaching Tundra Yukagir language at school:
Andriushkino, north-east Siberia.
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Erich Kasten:
Transmission of local knowledge and indigenous languages in Kamchatka.
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