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Title Tongues of Heaven
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 60 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Summary Set in Taiwan and Hawai'i, territories where languages of the Austronesian family are spoken, this experimental documentary focuses on the questions, desires and challenges of young indigenous peoples to learn the languages of their forebears- languages that are endangered or facing extinction. Using digital video as the primary medium of expression, four young indigenous women from divergent backgrounds together collaborate and exchange ideas to consider the impact of language on identity and culture. With 96% of the world's population speaking only 4% of the world's languages, what does it mean to speak your mother tongue in this age of language homogenization? To put it another way, what do you lose when you lose your native language? These are just some of the questions that these women, with camera in hand, ask themselves, their families and peers
Notes Title from title frames
Event Originally produced by Anita Chang in 2013
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Extinct languages -- Taiwan -- Austronesian languages
Extinct languages -- Hawaii -- Austronesian languages
Culture -- Preservation -- Taiwan.
Culture -- Preservation -- Hawaii.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Chang, Anita, film director
Kanopy (Firm)