Bhubaneswar: The Anthropology department of Utkal University and the School of Tribal Studies and Indigenous Research (STIR) recently organised a workshop to promote the preservation of tribal languages.
The event, titled “Tribal Languages at Crossroads: Alternatives for the Future,” aimed to create awareness about the endangered tribal languages of India and the need to preserve them.
The speakers included Dr Parmananda Patel, Dr Santanu Kumar Das, Ramakant Jena, Prof DS Pattnaik, Dr Avaya Kumar Nayak, Prof Sabita Acharya, Prof Kanhu Charan Satpathy, Dr Rina Routray.
They emphasised the vital role of language in preserving culture and highlighted the loss of cultural identity that can occur when a language is lost. They also discussed various initiatives taken by the government and other organisations to preserve tribal languages.