• Filming natural group conversation and activity is at the heart of the Language Keepers endangered language and culture documentation methodology.

  • The harvest in Totontepec; a National Science Foundation grant funded Speaking Place to document one of the world’s most robust corn varieties which, along with the farmer’s Mixe language, is also endangered.

  • Preserving a traditional story by filming it in its natural setting …the segment plays in the video window of the Endangered Language Portal part of a comprehensive documentation for the Passamaquoddy language.

  • A unique collaboration between Geneticist, Pablo Zamora and Linguist Daniel Suslak used filmmaker Ben Levine's video documentation to trigger feedback community dialog on a critical problem facing farmers and the community. (To News Item #1)

  • Community Problem Solving

    Documentation leads to community problem solving. A Mixe speaking farmer offers his ideas for soil reclamation in a community feedback session in response to the RAPID documentation which found high levels of chemical fertilizer contamination.

  • Julia Schulz logs raw video with Passamaquoddy facilitator/ translator Brenda Lozada. Selections will be transcribed and translated and uploaded to the Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Language Portal.

    New words from the video not in the Portal's 19,000 word online dictionary will be added.

  • Addressing rural isolation with new media; we designed media strategies to reach young parents in one of the country’s poorest counties. In spite of the fact that there is often no cell or online services, they turn out to be active social media users.

  • We used social media in combination with traditional forms to create a community outreach campaign to young parents for preventing and reducing adverse outcomes for children born to opiate addicted mothers.

  • An eloquent witness reacts to revelations that the KKK attacked her grandparents' French communities in New England in Ben Levine’s, Réveil-Waking Up French, a documentary film that sparked regional language renewal using documentaries and community dialog through video feedback.

What We Do

Documenting Endangered Languages

We help endangered language and culture communities adapt and survive with innovative techniques and web software resources for documentation and revival.

Community Education

Innovative films, new media, and campaign strategies to reach, engage, and educate alienated constituencies.

Latest News

Collaboration in an Indigenous Community in Southern Mexico Yields Results for Community and Scientists

A unique interdisciplinary collaboration has resulted in new scientific research and community benefits. A one-year grant to Speaking Place, awarded by the National Science Foundation RAPID program, supported an unusual collaboration

Comprehensive Endangered Language Documentation completed in Passamaquoddy Communities

A six-year interdisciplinary collaboration between community members, linguists, filmmakers, educators, and new media developers has resulted in the first Endangered Language Portal (PMPortal.org).

International Conference on Documenting Endangered Languages

Speaking Place is the only American group to have been invited to the International Conference on Endangered European Languages in Minde, Portugal, October 17-19.