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« Topic Start: February 05, 2010, 01:56:21 pm »

A little bit of the earth's diversity, specifically human (including cultural and linguistic) diversity, is gone.

Ancient tribe becomes extinct as last member dies
"The last member of an ancient tribe that has inhabited an Indian island chain for around 65,000 years has died..."

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/02/05/india.extinct.tribe/index.html?hpt=T2

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« Reply #1: February 05, 2010, 08:50:44 pm »

A little bit of the earth's diversity, specifically human (including cultural and linguistic) diversity, is gone.

Ancient tribe becomes extinct as last member dies
"The last member of an ancient tribe that has inhabited an Indian island chain for around 65,000 years has died..."

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/02/05/india.extinct.tribe/index.html?hpt=T2


Sad This is so sad. Hearing about linguistic and cultural extinctions or declines gets to me on such a deep level. It breaks me heart the world seems to become more and more homogeneous.
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« Reply #2: February 05, 2010, 08:56:01 pm »

Sad This is so sad. Hearing about linguistic and cultural extinctions or declines gets to me on such a deep level. It breaks me heart the world seems to become more and more homogeneous.

I couldn't agree more. We see it happening constantly in Australia. We lose languages far too regularly and still our State governments try and prevent indigenous languages being used in formal education. Needless-to-say it has the effect of driving many indigenous children out of school altogether and fuels another generation of disadvantage.
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« Reply #3: February 05, 2010, 11:48:38 pm »

Sad This is so sad. Hearing about linguistic and cultural extinctions or declines gets to me on such a deep level. It breaks me heart the world seems to become more and more homogeneous.

Which immediately brings to my mind the hazards of monocultures.

One little thing could wipe it all out damned near overnight.
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« Reply #4: February 06, 2010, 12:57:47 am »


This really upsets me too. I nearly teared up thinking about that poor woman, who had no one to speak to at the end of her life. She must have /known/ she was the last of her tribe.
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« Reply #5: February 06, 2010, 02:55:08 am »


I hate when this happens. So much culture and history just gone. Cry
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« Reply #6: March 06, 2010, 03:52:57 pm »

A little bit of the earth's diversity, specifically human (including cultural and linguistic) diversity, is gone.

Ancient tribe becomes extinct as last member dies
"The last member of an ancient tribe that has inhabited an Indian island chain for around 65,000 years has died..."

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/02/05/india.extinct.tribe/index.html?hpt=T2



My "friend" is of Taino descent, and his great-grandmother spoke the language. He says that he learned a few words as a child, but he doesn't remember anything. It's tragic when culture isn't handed down. (But then, he's a poor example--he's also half Dominican, and the Taino side of the family is also Puerto Rican, but my Spanish is better than his.)
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