Monthly Archives: February 2013

24 | October | 2012 | Mannaismayaadventure’s Blog

24 | October | 2012 | Mannaismayaadventure’s Blog.

VANISHING VOICES

One language dies every 14 days. By the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear, as communities abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish. What is lost when a language goes silent?

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/07/vanishing-languages/johnson-photography#/

last speaker

LANGUAGE CHEMEHUEVI

“I speak it inside my heart”

Johnny Hill, Jr.

Arizona

Johnny Hill, Jr., of Parker, Arizona, is one of the last speakers of Chemehuevi, an endangered Native American language: “It’s like a bird losing feathers. You see one float by, and there it goes—another word gone.”

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24 | October | 2012 | Mannaismayaadventure’s Blog

24 | October | 2012 | Mannaismayaadventure’s Blog.

 Aka tribe of Arunachal Pradesh

AKA    LANGUAGE

India,

 

Number of speakers 1,000-2,000

[ tradzy ] a necklace of yellow stone beads

The Aka have more than 26 words to describe beads. Beyond being objects of adornment, beads are status symbols and currency. This toddler will get this necklace at her wedding.

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24 | October | 2012 | Mannaismayaadventure’s Blog

24 | October | 2012 | Mannaismayaadventure’s Blog.

SERI LANGUAGE

Mexico

Number of speakers 650-1,000

[ ziix quih haasax haaptxö quih áno cöcacaaixaj ] one who strongly greetswith joy/peace/harmony

There is no greeting among the Seris akin to a handshake or wave. But Josué Robles Barnett demonstrates a gesture that used to be performed when arriving in a strange community to convey you meant no harm.

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My culture: History of the Garifuna

My culture: History of the Garifuna.

The Caribs were strong men and strong, short, and Mongoloid physical features. They had black hair, long and thick cut perfectly to the area where the front ends and dressed with a brightly colored skirt and varied. Its original name was Callinagu and their home was the Orinoco Delta, rather then left to conquer the Lesser Antilles. Once achieved the conquest of the Lesser Antilles, eliminated every male Arahuaca community but kept the female to use at your convenience or as submit their needs. Very soon began mixing the two parties and the union of these two Indian races spawned a whole new society called Caliponan. 
 Garifuna society formation principle of its formation in 1635 and was believed to have been caused by two Spanish ships, loaded with heavy amounts of black slaves who were shipwrecked without option to be able to reach their destination to ensure the delivery of slaves to their new owners. During those days it was very common for Caliponan give false addresses to boats, and this were guided to form seats rivers where you were stripped of all their belongings, the cargoes of ships (gold, wine, and slaves) and then the crew was killed correctly. ‘s new African inhabitants were eager to establish friendly ties that could thus avoid being delivered to their buyers. So they adopted their customs and native language and soon married to women Caliponan thus giving birth to a new race. Their descendants preserved the height and color of their parents, who unlike Caliponan were tall and burly.This new company began focusing his family in the sexual division of labor as the primary basis of their economic activities. comes Shortly after the conquest of Barbados and St. Lucia, the men, who could not accept the strict regulations issued by their new rulers , accumulated provisions and decided to move to San Vicente (only 28 miles from Barbados). These men along with Caliponan became as powerful forces allied against the conquerors who came to be considered a group allied and totally independent. drastic change in XVII occurred in Vincentian society. The black society had become such a large and strong due to the steady inflow of immigrants from Barbados, that within soon became the dominant part of the island. Therefore, constant fights for purchasing power over the territory between the two races to derive both groups were divided. The Garifuna Caliponan forced to move towards the west of the island, and they took possession of the northwestern part of the same. Both groups tried to resolve their differences in the most peaceful way possible because it was known to the internal division that could draw the attention of European settlers to the island of St. Vincent. When news about the disputes between the two parties arrived at France, the French took matters into supporting Caliponan. The French inhabited lands Garifuna Caliponan while defending their land of any European settlement. The French made ​​several attempts, but were convinced that they should forget about the possibility to interfere or to win the battle once Garifunas and should seek to establish friendly ties with them. Garifuna community of French acquired a taste for wine , adopted the French currency as a medium of exchange for trade, and eventually obtained French names became allies of the French against the English colonization.    
Garifuna in Fabric



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Afghanistan: February 2013 – The Big Picture – Boston.com

Afghanistan: February 2013 – The Big Picture – Boston.com.

US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan began in earnest in 2011 with President Obama’s announcement in June. 10,000 troops were removed by the end of summer 2011, 23,000 additional troops by the end of summer 2012, and troops continue to come home at a steady pace as Afghan security forces move to protect their own country. The mission changes from “combat” to “support.” By 2014, that transition will be complete with the Afghans responsible for their own security, but US troops will remain in country. How many is unclear. In this post, we share images from February in country (and a few from January 31st.) — Paula Nelson ( 36 photos total)

Afghan ethnic Hazara people hold a hunger strike, in protest against a bombing in Quetta, Pakistan, which killed scores of Shiites, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 19, 2013. (Musadeq Sadeq/Associated Press)

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Beauty of Omo Valley… Photographer Ken Hermann

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vintage everyday: North American Indian Photographs, c.1900’s

vintage everyday: North American Indian Photographs, c.1900’s.

In 1906, American photographer Edward S. Curtis was offered $75,000 to document North American Indians. The benefactor, J.P Morgan, was to receive 25 sets of the completed series of 20 volumes with 1,500 photographs entitled The North American Indian. Curtis set out to photograph the North American Indian way of life at a time when Native Americans were being forced from their land and stripped of their rights. Curtis’ photographs depicted a romantic version of the culture which ran contrary to the popular view of Native Americans as savages.

Below are selected images of the Native American way of life chosen from The Library of Congress’s Edward S. Curtis Collection. Some were published in The North American Indian but most were not published.

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NGOinsider.com: The Hill Tribes of Sa Pa – Holding on to their identity

NGOinsider.com: The Hill Tribes of Sa Pa – Holding on to their identity.

The Hill Tribes of Sa Pa – Holding on to their identity

It is a land of mist and mountains, the Himalaya’s eastern extremity that divides Vietnam from China, and the home of Vietnam’s hill tribes. A bulwark against centuries of Chinese invasions but never originally colonized by lowland Vietnamese, Sa Pa District grew out of Hmong and Yao settlements and during France’s colonial rule housed an occupying army garrison. During the First Indochina War (1946-1954) Sa Pa town was destroyed by both the Viet Minh and French and the region was occupied by the Chinese army in the Sino-Vietnamese War. Long isolated for political and cultural reasons, the Hanoi government only opened Sa Pa and its people to the outside world in 1993. 

Five major groups comprise Sa Pa’s ethnic population with the majority being Hmong followed by Dao, Tay, Giay, and Xa Pho. Most hill tribes continue to work the mountainous region’s sloping rice terraces as they have for centuries and it is a poor life in a difficult climate. With 160 days of mist and a single rice crop per year food shortages are habitual throughout Sa Pa’s tribes. The winter’s persistent mist and temperate cold afflict the many communities with respiratory problems and other chronic illnesses.

Today, Sa Pa’s hill tribes are afflicted by poverty, prostitution and widespread illiteracy, leaving them forgotten and marginalized by Vietnam’s modernized economy and growing prosperity. In spite of these challenges the hill tribes of Sa Pa struggle to maintain their languages and unique cultures in the rugged borderland between the rapidly evolving and ever encroaching states of China and Vietnam.

 
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PAMIR, un livre de Matthieu et Mareile Paley – Photos – linstant Livres / Expos L’instant – ParisMatch.com

Fermeture de la bergerie à la nuit tombée

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Not very often you can make pictures of smiling ladies in Arabic countries. These shots are from the capital of Yemen, Sana’a, from the Jewish Quarter. And that is maybe the answer how I was able to see girls faces. I was thinking about the differences between people living in this place and me. They seemed to me to be much more lucky and satisfied, they smiled and laughed more … I also like the shy smile of young girls, almost grown up, surprised by all the people wanting to take their photo.

Written for A WORD A WEEK PHOTO CHALLENGE – SMILE.

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