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Apple is working with a Native American tribe to not only help preserve the Cherokee language, but also to advance the language across the iDevice line-up. According to the Associated...
12-23-2010, 04:22 PM #1
AP: Apple Working with Cherokee Tribe to Preserve Language on iDevices
Apple is working with a Native American tribe to not only help preserve the Cherokee language, but also to advance the language across the iDevice line-up. According to the Associated Press, Apple is both receptive to and supportive of the Cherokee people who want the iPhone, iPod, and iPad to be used as platforms for preserving and perpetuating their language, particularly among younger users of iDevices.
Cherokee Chief Chad Smith says the goal is to "spread the use of the language among tech-savvy children in the digital age." Smith, who is no stranger to texting students at one school using Cherokee, says the practice is also shared by many teachers. With Apple's help, students could "continue using the language after school hours."
Tribal officials first contacted Apple about getting Cherokee on the iPhone three years ago. It seemed like a long shot, as the devices support only 50 of the thousands of languages worldwide, and none were American Indian tongues. But Apple's reputation for innovation gave the tribe hope. After many discussions and a visit from Smith, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company surprised the tribe by coming through this fall.
12-23-2010, 04:25 PM #2
and the pic of the year goes to.......
12-23-2010, 04:26 PM #3
I hope apple does the same with ChoctawIt Takes One To Know One
12-23-2010, 04:41 PM #4
As much as I support the natives, this just seems like stupid newsName? whereswaldo
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12-23-2010, 05:05 PM #5
I'm shocked the tribe thinks its members can afford iphones as a way of preserving their culture. Surely there are cheaper methods available?Hmm...
12-23-2010, 05:25 PM #6
These languages get stored on the phone correct? If it does then it's a waste of space... the only language I need on my phone is English... not trying to bash another language but really one should be able to choose which language goes on our phones so we can have more space in the end...
12-23-2010, 05:54 PM #7
12-23-2010, 07:49 PM #8
I'm the last of the Mochicians, so this actually makes sense
12-23-2010, 10:28 PM #9
Native American language is dead now. Get with the times, let's live the modern age and keep it only to modern languages. Or should we resurrect old things like Sanskrit and stuff too?
Last edited by alexxxps; 12-23-2010 at 11:01 PM. Reason: Replaced Indian with Native American. Needed to be politically correct.
12-23-2010, 10:35 PM #10
12-23-2010, 10:45 PM #11
Blame Christopher Columbus for the confusion though!"foreign corporations > swedish law"
12-24-2010, 01:12 AM #12
I agree that this is a little bit on the side of being stupid news
12-24-2010, 02:27 AM #13
I respect the idea of this. Wether it happens in actuallatity, remains to be seen.
12-24-2010, 10:20 AM #14
12-24-2010, 10:25 AM #15
Don't hate on us natives! I dont know any of the language but how would you like for us to delete English from the phone
12-24-2010, 11:19 AM #16
I think this is rather cool, and fully support it. It could help promote some self-worth, and pride in their culture.
It could also help them become more familiar with technology.
To the person who said they can't afford iPhones: that's incredibly racist and ignorant. Native Americans have jobs too, and they are required to learn the same things we do in school. A lot of them have rather well paying jobs too.It's not where you've been, or where you're going..
It's where you are.
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12-26-2010, 08:31 PM #17
You don't like the iPad because you don't have one!
12-27-2010, 04:02 AM #18
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i am a Cherokee by blood on my maternal side, and i approve of this
12-28-2010, 06:24 PM #19