Mother Tongue Media connects and cultivates a multilingual community of cultural organizations, media-makers, and their audiences through year-round collaborative efforts, outreach, and public engagement activities that are dedicated to amplifying mother tongues through a variety of digital media.
We aim to:
- Link the diverse, international community of filmmakers, media specialists, scholars, and cultural activists working in Indigenous media through research, outreach, and engagement activities.
- Collaborate with local and international communities, organizations, and coalitions that are defining and developing film and media practice in mother tongues, developing and sharing online resources that promote their exchange.
- Amplify Indigenous and community-based filmmakers and curators, promoting and circulating their work.
Our colleagues at the Center’s Language Vitality Initiative support the vitality of Indigenous and minoritized languages and their communities.
We acknowledge with respect the Piscataway people on whose traditional territory the Smithsonian stands and whose relationship with the land west of the Chesapeake Bay continues today.