Just beginning: a tribute to the Abenaki

David Garrett of Charlotte, Vermont, has donated a piece of this magnificent fallen elm to me to carve into a monument to the Abenaki, the indigenous people of our region.
While alive, it was the tallest elm on the East Coast north of Kentucky. I visited it yesterday at Vermont Tree Goods in Bristol. It’s like the bleached skeleton of a whale, silent but stunning. The base flares out a good eight feet across.
If all goes well, the finished item will be unveiled on the Champlain College campus in October, on what most Americans still call Columbus Day but in Vermont is now officially Indigenous People’s Day.
Please share.

Last chance for Java!

Here we go! It’s 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time as I write this, and the benefit auction of my carving of the word “Java” in traditional Javanese script has two hours to go–and as you know, all the action happens in the last few minutes!
Here’s the backstory.
I’ve done a carving of the word “Java” in the endangered traditional Javanese script—hand-carved and painted in gold. In an effort to provide direct and tangible support for those working to save and revive their traditional languages (written and spoken) I am auctioning that carving through eBay.
The proceeds from the sale will be split equally between the Endangered Alphabets and Belajar Jawa Kuna, an organization based in Indonesia that is working to preserve the many endangered traditional Indonesian scripts, especially the Old Javanese script.
I’m hoping the opportunity to buy and own this unique carving will attract interest from people interested in languages all over the world. It would even be a great wall sign for a coffee shop, a pun on the word “Java”!
Please share this with anyone you think might be interested. And the link to eBay is:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/172600683306?
Yes, the question mark appears to be part of the link!
Please check it out–and please share this through your social media!
All the best,
Tim Brookes

Bidding on Java

The “Java” auction is now halfway through! More than 350 people have visited the page on eBay, and bidding is up over $100–which means somebody is going to get one of my carvings, and the proceeds are going to go toward endangered language revitalization!
Here’s the story for those who missed it when it went live 12 hours ago:
Some of you have already seen photos of my recent carving of the word “Java” in the endangered traditional Javanese script—hand-carved and painted in gold. In an effort to provide direct and tangible support for those working to save and revive their traditional languages (written and spoken) I am auctioning that carving through eBay.
 
The auction will run for a week. The proceeds from the sale will be split equally between the Endangered Alphabets and Belajar Jawa Kuna, an organization based in Indonesia that is working to preserve the many endangered traditional Indonesian scripts, especially the Old Javanese script.
 
I’m hoping the opportunity to buy and own this unique carving will attract interest from people interested in languages all over the world. It would even be a great wall sign for a coffee shop, a pun on the word “Java”!
 
Please share this with anyone you think might be interested. And the link to eBay is:
 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/172600683306?
 
Yes, the question mark appears to be part of the link!
 
Please check it out–and please share this through your social media!
 
All the best,
 
Tim Brookes

Bid on an Endangered carving and raise money for language revival!

Dear Friends of the Endangered Alphabets:

I’m trying something new and different in the name of helping to support endangered language revival.

Some of you have already seen photos of my recent carving of the word “Java” in the endangered traditional Javanese script—hand-carved and painted in gold.

In an effort to provide direct and tangible support for those working to save and revive their traditional languages (written and spoken) I am auctioning that carving through eBay. The auction will start soon, and will run for a week.

The proceeds from the sale will be split equally between the Endangered Alphabets and Belajar Jawa Kuna, an organization based in Indonesia that is working to preserve the many endangered traditional Indonesian scripts, especially the Old Javanese script.

I’m hoping the opportunity to buy and own this unique carving will attract interest from people interested in languages all over the world. It would even be a great wall sign for a coffee shop, a pun on the word “Java”!

Please share this with anyone you think might be interested. You can visit the eBay page HERE.

Best wishes,

Tim

How to Support the Endangered Alphabets

The Endangered Alphabets Project is a federal 501c3 non-profit, and as we have no grant funding or institutional support, we rely on donations, commissions and speaking fees for the majority of our income.

To donate to the Endangered Alphabets Project, please click HERE.

To order a copy of the book Endangered Alphabets, please click HERE.

To inquire about commissions or to discuss an exhibition of Endangered Alphabets carvings, please email brookes@champlain.edu.

Thanks!

Tim Brookes

How to Support the Endangered Alphabets

Through February 26th 2017 we are running a crowdfunding campaign to produce a children’s pictorial dictionary in endangered languages of Bangladesh, and we urgently need your support at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/100-words-for-a-childrens-endangered-language-dict/. As you may know, Kickstarter is all or nothing: unless we meet our $10,000 goal, we get zero.
For those who prefer not to work through a third party, you can support us directly at www.endangeredalphabets.com/donate.
The Endangered Alphabets Project is a federal 501c3 non-profit.
Thanks! And if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at brookes@champlain.edu.
Tim

Kids in the Chittagong Hill Tracts entranced by one of the books we co-produced with Our Golden Hour and the Champlain College Publishing class.

This is why we’re taking on this project

These are the people we want to be able to serve: the roughly 700,000 people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. Specifically the dozen or so ethnic peoples who have lived in this region for centuries, farming, fishing, weaving some of the most beautiful textiles in the world.

They are in grave and imminent danger of losing their language, and especially their written language, and everything that entails. The schools we partner with are doing something innovative and vital: teaching them to read and write in their own mother tongues.

We support the resolution of International Mother Language Day, which asserts the rights of all people to be able to use their own mother tongues. This in turn leads to a sense of value in their own culture, history, identity.

Please help us in this crucial final week. Our Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/100-words-for-a-childrens-endangered-language-dict/ is trying to make a small start–only 100 words–with an immense implication, not only in the Hill Tracts but around the world. We need to raise another $4,000. Please help in any way you can.
Thanks.

The Return of the $1,000 Weekend!

THE RETURN OF THE $1,000 WEEKEND
 
If we’re to stay on course to make our Kickstarter goal and publish a children’s picture-book dictionary of endangered languages, we need to raise another $1,000 by 9 a.m. EST on Monday.
The last time we set a thousand-dollar weekend goal we succeeded, thank to support all over the world–some in large pledges, some in small ones. And some thanks to Facebook friends sharing my post and urging their friends to help out.
So: please back us at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/100-words-for-a-childrens-endangered-language-dict/, or send others our way.
Or both!
Thanks.
P.S. The image is indeed one of my carvings, but it’s not a language from the Hill Tracts. Extra points if you spotted that–and didn’t complain!

Now or Never, and the Kitchen Sink

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.

The Endangered Alphabets travel mug
The Endangered Alphabets travel mug

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?

The Marma Proverb Mug reward. Imagine it on your kitchen counter!
The Marma Proverb Mug reward. Imagine it on your kitchen counter!

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.

The Marma Proverb Notebook reward. Make a note of it!
The Marma Proverb Notebook reward. Make a note of it!

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.

A print, suitable for framing of my Chakma carving in progress
A print, suitable for framing of my Chakma carving in progress

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.

Thanks

Tim

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