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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.

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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 Kubu
    By Manny Bigornia

    The Kubu

    Manila, Philippines – Deep in the rainforests of central and southern Sumatra are its indigenous inhabitants, the nomadic Kubu. Amongst their own, they call themselves Suku Anak Dalam or Orang Rimba – “people of the forest” or “land dweller” / “river dweller”, as some can be found residing in swamps and banks on the rivers. Unlike their Bali neighbors, theirs is archaic, clinging on to their traditional hunter-gathering ways, content on reaping what the jungles and forests naturally provides. They hunt small game, such as, boars, tapirs, lizards, monkeys, birds, and deer. Their principal weapon, a long spear for which they kill their prey;…Continue reading

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