First Person: Save a Language, Save a Culture
National Geographic, 28 June 2013

WASHINGTON DC, USA: In this article, Tim Brookes describes how he started drawing attention to the problem of language loss and cultural erosion by carving scripts, including three scripts of indigenous peoples in Bangladesh: the Mro, Marma and Chakma. When he met Maung Nyeu, a member of the Marma people living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, they set up a partnership to create and publish schoolbooks, to help save the languages that sustain the cultures of the Hill Tracts. This preservation project may become a model of how to reverse linguistic decline and the cultural collapse that goes with it. Read the article …