I enjoyed listening to this broadcast, or what I could hear of it. I found it to be very interesting that this man, David, grew up on the reservation I do believe but did not learn the language until he was an adult. I really like that he and other fellow Ojibwae native americans are doing what they are to preserve this ancient language where so many have been lost. I was suprised to learn that of the 6-7,000 languages used today, 70% may cease to be in use by the end of the century. It sheds a new light on the term "melting pot" when refering to ethnicities and cultures. It's as if languages will be melting right along with these heritages and cultures. I certainly have taken notice of the emphasis place on learning second and even third languages today. Mostly spanish because there is a rapidly growing amount of mexican americans living in the u.s. I don't know if I necessarily agree with this being the case but we are of a culture to adapt. In fact, I think if it hasn't been all ready created, we'll be speaking a language of spanish-american/english version of our old language.
I totally agree with him about the elderly being precious people. One can learn so much from someone with such a great history. It's important stories, languages, traditions are past down from generation to generation. It means something, is special and should not be taken lightly. I thought it was very cool David mentions that these people find their truest selves to be in their native language. That there is no combat of words. This language is a portion of your soul. When these young men and women receive their names, they accept their soul that is given to them, passed on from generations of their family. That is really deep and meaningful. That certain memories are kept alive in this context so that the language itself does not die. I like they are not allowed to use any technology in their ceremonies. It makes it all the more sacred.
He mentions about scientists showing statistics of how speech influences thought. I couldn't agree more. I doubt that these ceremonies that they perform when an Ojibwae is given their names would have nearly the same impact if performed in English than their native language. There is definitely something about their language that is powerful and awe alluring. It makes you stop and listen almost as if it commands you to do so. You might not be able to understand what they are saying but the meaning behind it is so much more. I think it sounds cool but in some ways, yeah, like jibberish. It's no wonder when David mentions about there being up to four vowels in one word alone in this language. I also didn't know that the Ojibwae language was voted the hardest language to learn. I always thought it was Russian.
One last thing that is very cool is their ceremonies or get togethers for when they hunt the first deer or animal of the season, or fish. It is their way of becoming closer to them by killing them and then honoring them. I also liked the part about the veterans being the only people to take people out of mourning. They have touched blood so therefore they know what it's about and closer to the meaning of death and somehow understand it better. I think we have people like priests or pastors to help with that but it's not continuous.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this broadcast. Studying other languages is on my to-do list for my life.
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