FW: New Resource: Indigenous Toponymy
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From: John Pastore [SMTP:venture_out@...]
Sent: Friday, March 26, 1999 1:58 PM
Subject: New Resource: Indigenous Toponymy
Luistxo Fernandez wrote:
> ------------------John Pastore
> This is to introduce GeoNative, a website devoted to toponymy.
> Several Mesoamerican languages are featured, and we would like to
> add placenames from others, as well.
> GeoNative focuses on languages and place names from little nations,
> native cultures and minority languages, which almost never appear
> in the maps. Geography ignores us. Our site GeoNative
> <http://www.geocities.com/Athens/9479> provides listings of
> placenames for several native and minority languages.
> For instance, see our list of Mesoamerican languages here:
> In GeoNative, placenames are listed with the form they get in maps,
> and then the native form. In the case of Mesoamerican languages,
> we provide Spanish forms given by colonizers (although many times
> they were based on Nahuatl forms, which in turn usually were not
> truky "native").
> For instance, some names in Oluta-Mixe, also called Oluta-Popoluca,
> a Mixe-Zoquean language of Veracruz...
> * Spanish * Oluta-Mixe
> Coatzacoalcos Niiwa'tznaax
> Jyltipan Pu'mayjejmyf > Jesys Carranza Luchijem
> Minatitlyn Kaanajem
> The lists are not as much about etymologies or old names, but about
> how present-day indigenous communities call their places. It is
> more about indigenous rights and language rights than about history,
> but well, maybe some at Aztlan will find this kind of information
> Comments will be welcomed and corresponded. Specially, we would
> thank information about languages that we have not listed yet.
> Please be clement in your judgement: take in mind that ours is a
> totally amateur work, not an academic or professional resource
> Thanks in advance
> Luistxo Fernandez
> PD. A last note: GeoNative is totally bilingual (English and Basque).
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