Written by Natural - Aug. 7, 2020, 5 p.m.
English teacher presents a preview of the Kariri language dictionary, based on records found in a grammar book written by a Jesuit priest over 300 years ago.
Next Sunday, August 9, our English teacher and researcher Ricky Seabra will represent The Natural Language Institute at the 2nd National Seminar of the Indigenous Kariri Peoples of Ceará, presenting a preview of the Kariri dictionary and his initiative to decode and reconstruct the extinct language of the Kariri Indians.
The event, organized by the Regional Kariri University, seeks to build a positive agenda for strengthening the indigenous movement in the Kariri region and the exchange of indigenous knowledge with academic knowledge.
According to Ricky, since he discovered the last records of the language in 2013, in the historical museum of the city of Crato, Ceará, he has been digitizing and decoding the language and organizing the material to formulate a dictionary, "in the hope that my work will contribute to its rebirth," he says. Natural contributed with the revision of the content proposed by Ricky and developed a digital version of the dictionary on the Institute's website, which will be launched later this month.
Ricky will take part in the panel "Indigenous Kariri Peoples of Ceará: study and research", and present to the participants the current version of the dictionary, which is under revision. Those interested in watching the presentations and discussions live can do so by accessing the page of the Association of the Kariri Indians of Sítio Poço Dantas on Facebook, at: https://www.facebook.com/107546971053075/videos/2703129209931399/.
To understand more about the process of reconstruction of the language proposed by Ricky, check out his blog "Reviving Kariri". More information about the event and the minicourses offered are available at: http://cev.urca.br/siseventos/site/kariris.