Machu Picchu

When a Tongue Dies

This beautifully animated video was inspired by a poem of Migueal Leon Portilla and shows us yet again the importance of the preservation of indigenous cultural expression. Because with the passing of a tongue, we also loose their stories, songs and the values involved.

Last week we introduced a documentary by Phil Borges. It so happens Borges also gave a Tedx lecture about the distinction of native cultures and languages, according to him we loose half of our languages with the passing of a generation. Out of all the 6000 languages spoken in the world today, only 3000 are spoken by the children (this talk is from 10 years ago). So Borges has made it his personal cause to document these cultures and their forms of expression: