Photograph by Chris Rainier
The first Enduring Voices Language Revitalization Workshop for Northeast India was held in Shillong, Meghalaya, India, on December 17, 2011. Representing National Geographic Society were Fellows Dr. Gregory Anderson and Mr. Christopher Rainier; Dr. Gracious Temsen and Dr. Ganesh Murmu represented Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. The workshop brought together eight young linguists and language activists from across Northeast India.
Hidden Language Recorded
A language previously unknown to linguists, and spoken by about 800 people, has been documented in the mountains of northeast India.
Arunachal Pradesh, India Expedition 2011
Read the full report from the Enduring Voices team's 2011 expedition to Arunachal Pradesh, India, where they visited five endangered language communities.
Arunachal Pradesh, India Expedition 2010
The Enduring Voices team made its third expedition to Arunachal Pradesh, India in November 2010.
Arunachal Pradesh, India 2011 Photos
See photos from the Enduring Voices 2011 expedition to Arunachal Pradesh, India, where they visited five endangered language communities.
Northeast India Workshop Photos
See photos from the first Enduring Voices Language Revitalization workshop in Shillong, Meghalaya, India, that brought together eight young linguists and language activists from across Northeast India.
Meet the Team
Gregory Anderson, Linguist
Dr. Gregory D. S. Anderson is a linguist who is director of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the documentation, revitalization, and maintenance of endangered languages.
David Harrison, Linguist
K. David Harrison is a linguist and leading specialist in the study of endangered languages. He co-leads the Enduring Voices project at National Geographic and is an associate professor at Swarthmore College.
Chris Rainier is considered one of the leading documentary photographers working today. His life's mission is to put on film both the remaining natural wilderness and indigenous cultures around the globe and to use images to create social change.
The Enduring Voices Project represents a partnership between National Geographic Mission Programs and the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages.
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The Last Speakers
The Last Speakers
The poignant chronicle of K. David Harrison’s expeditions around the world to meet with last speakers of vanishing languages.
"The Last Speakers" is now published in Japanese. Read the interview with Dr. Harrison here and purchase the Japanese edition here .