Here is some interesting news coming out of Mangaia, the most southern island in the Cook Islands chain.
A small group of people comprised of University of South Pacific Cook Islands, director Rod Dixon, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) professors Tania Ka’ai and John Moorfield and AUT student, Tania Smith, traveled to Mangaia to formally launch a digital dictionary of the island’s dialect.
Professor Tania Ka’ai is enthusiastic about the support the project has been given not only island-wide, but in Australia, New Zealand and overseas. She states, “…this is a way to prevent language revitalisation from even having to occur. They’re planning for the future.”
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The Mangaian dictionary can be accessed at http://taramangaia.com
Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed.
The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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