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Mission

The mission of the National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages (National BoL) is to work with endangered language communities to build capacity around methods in archives-based research for community-directed revitalization efforts.

Description

National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages (National BoL) exists as a series of developing workshops that attempt to address the needs of tribal communities who are engaged in archives-based language revitalization. National BoL participants, called Community Researchers (CRs), typically come from communities who have either lost their speakers or are in need of access to language archives in order to advance their community driven efforts to recover their languages. The main purpose of National BoL is to support community interest in accessing archival materials and to develop capacity around the use of digitized copies of such materials for revitalization efforts. Currently, National BoL offers two workshops.