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President promises to reestablish the Amerindian language courses at UGAmerindian Heritage Month was launched yesterday at the Sophia Exhibition Centre’s very own Amerindian Village, with President David Granger addressing a huge gathering under the benab. He promised that Amerindian heritage, and in particular, native languages will be preserved.Several cultural items on display.The President also declared that the Amerindian Language Programme would be reintroduced at the University of Guyana as the Indigenous Peoples Language Project.He said that of the nine indigenous tribes in Guyana, dictionaries had only been produced for seven. He affirmed that completing the final two dictionaries would be a Government mission and would be undertaken by the Project.Dictionaries such as these, the President said,Bobby Doerr Jersey, would be distributed to the Public Service to facilitate communication,Claudio Bravo Jersey, especially in the hinterland.“These people will have the right to the protection and preservation of their languages, heritage and way of life. That is the law and it is my obligation to fulfill this (as part of) the constitution,” Granger said.Granger noted that during the elections campaign he paid visits to various Amerindian Communities. During these visits, he observed that the older villagers still spoke their original Amerindian languages.“Many people in those villages do not speak English as their first language, but they can communicate best in their indigenous languages. It is also important that those languages be preserved and practiced.”According to the Head of State,Cheap Jerseys Supply, these and other experiences provided a personal perspective.The President decried that persons from numerous professions would spend extended time in the hinterland, without learning any of the indigenous languages.“It is time for that ignorance to end; it is time for all Guyanese to embrace indigenous languages.”According to him, in view of the fact that languages played important roles and helped form identities, co-operation and associations with other communities,Soccer World Cup Jerseys, Government patrimony of indigenous languages should be viewed in the wider context of benefitting all Guyanese. He also emphasized that the indigenous language was under threat.“The language of the indigenous people contains wisdom passed on from generation to generation. The loss of language, therefore contributes to the loss of culture for our entire nation. We respect your identity and your heritage,” the President said.He said that in far too many cases these languages were not taught in the Schools. According to the historian, the passage of the indigenous language from one generation to the next was not progressing smoothly.“In some cases young people are not keen to maintain the tradition of speaking in their own native language,” Granger said. He attributed this to the rise of the ‘Blackberry generation’. This, he added, could cause the languages to die and be forgotten.Hinterland Language and Sports CommissionGranger proposed the Hinterland Language and Sports Commission during the recently concluded National Tashaos’ Conference. Yesteday, the President proposed the terms of reference.“This commission,ArDarius Stewart Jersey, among other things, will be responsible for promoting the indigenous languages in accordance with the constitution. This will be a priority for the commission,Cheap Jerseys From China, which will also take steps to ensure that traditions and customs flourish, “he said.He also laid out another important aspect of the commission- to document and keep records of all indigenous languages.Cultural ItemsAnd yesterday, a walk through among the many persons who set up shop in the village showed the Amerindian culture in full display.There were persistent crowds around the food items being sold. The schish kabobs were a crowd favourite.  Fly (an Amerindian wine made with potatoes) was also something that stirred the interest of numerous adventurous visitors.The event also saw the reigning Miss Amerindian Heritage, Analisa Andrews, making an appearance. She applauded the promises made by the administration, but emphasized that they must be fulfilled.
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