Strengthening Indigenous Languages in Chile

During the past week, numerous articles related to indigenous languages in Chile have appeared in the news. While earlier this year there was a major report detailing the potential loss of indigenous languages in Chile (see our article on the report here), the recent press has been about some positive developments occurring throughout Chile. Such developments are the topic of our latest column for I Love Chile News, which you can read here.

See the articles linked in this story and additional Indigenous headlines by clicking here (updated daily).

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2 Responses to Strengthening Indigenous Languages in Chile

  1. Larry Rush says:

    Thank you for this report. It is a very good report by Ryan Seelau. Please keep me
    posted on this. Thankfully you are working on indigenous language issue early. I
    taught art several years on the Gila River Indian Reservation and Phoenix Indian
    School in Phoenix Arizona. Seventeen tribes attended the school and English was a
    second language for our students. I discovered the beauty of a culture is in the language. Thank you for preserving the beautiful indigenous languages.

    Larry Rush

  2. Ryan Seelau says:

    Thanks for your comment, Larry, and for taking the time to comment on our posts. There is, of course, a great deal of work to be done, but it has been good to see efforts made to preserve and promote indigenous languages throughout Chile in the past year or so. Although not mentioned in the article, we (Project ISD) are working on documenting a Rapa Nui language immersion program that is in effect on Easter Island. Although there are immersion programs in the U.S. and elsewhere, this one is innovative for Chile and has produced some great early results.

    Thanks again for your comment and feel free to contact us ( if you have any ideas or suggestions for us going forward.

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