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Jules Henry Project

A collaborative project to provide international access to the unique 1930s field notes of anthropologist Jules Henry.

What are endangered languages?

"Every 14 days a language dies. By 2100, more than half of the more than 7,000 languages spoken on Earth—many of them not yet recorded—may disappear, taking with them a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, the natural environment, and the human brain" -- National Geographic's Enduring Voices Project

Archived historical records, and audio recordings of remaining speakers, are helping many cultures hold on to their endangered language.  Read more about these efforts:

Smithsonian National Musuem of Natural History

From the Living Tounges Project