Duolingo in Maliseet (Wolastoqey)
Here's some background info about this language and why I'd like to see a Duolingo course for it.
The Wolastoqiyik are an indigenous tribe whose traditional territory is located along the St. John River in New Brunswick, Canada. There are many different reservations including those across the border in Maine, USA and also in the province of Quebec.
Unfortunately many of these communities are losing their language, known as Maliseet (as designated by French settlers) or traditionally, Wolastoqey. There are different efforts in place to strengthen the language and preserve its historical legacy; the federal government of Canada pledged funding to indigenous language revitalization initiatives, but it's not enough. Many native speakers are elderly and passing away. There are entire communities without a single fluent speaker. There are few speakers remaining and when they are gone we lose their traditional knowledge of the Maliseet language.
Our communities are desperately trying to become fluent in our traditional language because of its cultural significance. However, resources are limited and aimed at adults. I believe if Duolingo was available to the youth, they would embark passionately along the language learning journey with new resources at their fingertips. I work at a local intermediate school where the nearby Wolastoq community funds a Maliseet Language and Culture course at this provincial school. The Duolingo app in Maliseet would be an invaluable tool in this course and many other settings.
Finally, of the few speakers who remain, many are highly educated, and deeply devoted to the preservation of their native tongue. There are fluent linguists, teachers, university professors and other speakers who would be keen to participate in the construction of this Duolingo course.
What do you think? Would you like to learn to speak Maliseet (Wolastoqey)?
I wish you all the best with what you are sticking at doing.
And also assure you that a large number of us also support you in these endeavors.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plGygNgRdL8 : Myra Awodey: Preserving Culture through Language
Well done in your information about this language! :) I had languages I wanted added to the "Languages Wanted" list and Lrtward added them when I put up posts about them. :) I hope one day your language gets added! :) I myself am interested in learning more Adyghe ( Circassian) and Kabardian along with Archi and Tuyuca. The latter one's are in need of help to "preserve" them from going extinct and I HOPE one day one, or in case of a REAL miracle, 2) will come forward and want to help teach them! :) haha I'd like the first 2 languages as well. However, they do have teachers for those, you just need a magnifying glass to find them. ;) haha I wish you luck with putting this on the list as well as going forward in french. :) Bonne chance