Friendly Borders


An artifact, whether a Hopi urn, a Maori carving, or an Edo period woodblock print is a tangible representation of the culture which produced it. Languages, both living and intangible by nature, are even more fragile, and therefore more precious cultural artifacts. It is in the same custodial spirit that we seek to showcase and preserve individual languages and the very cultures from which they sprang, without regard with political considerations that often attend questions of ethnicity.

Friendly Borders strives to preserve ancient and modern cultures and languages around the world. Our small but dynamic and dedicated staff is particularly concerned about cultures that are being threatened by the inroads of modernization and could disappear  in the near future due to assimilation.

Founded in 2004, Friendly Borders has set a number of ambitious goals itself, with the aim of protecting world cultures and languages from extinction.


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    The Madhesi Take a Stand
    By Friendly Borders Staff

    The Madhesi Take a Stand

    Kathmandu – Beyond the towering heights and the hues of various flags on top of the tallest mountain in the world lies the vibrant community of Nepal and its residents. In perhaps one of the most prominent geographical locations in the world live a great number of Madhesi, which is a collective term for the ethnic groups living in the southern region of Terai. They are found within the wide terrain that spans from east to west of Nepal, near the Nepalese and Indian borders. Nearly 30 percent of the Madhesi people can be found within this border adjoining the Indian states of Bihar,…Continue reading

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