Dear Friends of the Endangered Alphabets:
It’s now or never. We have less than 10 days to raise more than $5,000 in our current campaign (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/100-words-for-a-childrens-endangered-language-dict), and the urgency level has just reached critical.
If you’ve been half-thinking of supporting us, please hesitate no longer.
So in order to help crank open those rusty floodgates, I’m throwing the kitchen sink at you in terms of rewards. (Apologies for the mixed plumbing metaphors, there. It’s a symptom of stress.)
FIRST NEW REWARD: THE ENDANGERED ALPHABETS TRAVEL MUG
Sturdy, handy, attractive, thermally insulated, the accessory every busy person needs. Featuring a still life photo by my daughter Zoe Brookes showing my work in progress.
SECOND NEW REWARD: THE MARMA PROVERB MUG
Carved live at the Smithsonian, this coffee mug displays a proverb in Marma, one of the languages we’ll be including in our children’s pictorial dictionary. I mean, who else will have a coffee mug like this?
THIRD NEW REWARD: THE MARMA NOTEBOOK
What better way to jot down your thoughts on language as you travel? An elegant, well-made and eminently practical notebook displaying the Marma proverb I carved at the Smithsonian.
FOURTH NEW REWARD: PRINT OF THE CHAKMA HUMAN RIGHTS CARVING IN PROGRESS
One of my first acts to support Our Golden Hour as they began developing the schools where indigenous children can be educated in their own mother tongues was to carve the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in their languages, for display in the schools. This is the Chakma version in progress, showing the method to my method. Chakma is one of the languages that will be included in our children’s picture-book dictionary.
FIFTH NEW REWARD: MY ENDANGERED ALPHABETS BOOK
This is the book that tells the story of the Alphabets, from making Christmas presents on my dining-room table to getting emails from strangers in Ulan Baatar and Djakarta sending me pieces of text to carve. Lavishly illustrated, as they say. Expanded second edition with more photos, more alphabets, and the notoriously hard Endangered Alphabets Quiz.
If none of these rewards thrills you, suggest others! But whatever you do please back us at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/100-words-for-a-childrens-endangered-language-dict/, and please forward this link or this update to anyone who you think might be interested, nudging them gently but firmly.