Language Warriors - David Harrison

June 15, 2014

David Harrison travels to some of the most remote places in the world, documenting endangered languages.  He tells us about the language warriors:  the last speakers of ancestral languages.  Many of them are trying to preserve and revive their native tongues.

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(Hey ah hey hey hey ah hey) I am singing the songs,
(Hey ah hey ah hey) the old songs ... but I can't remember the words of the old songs,
(Hey hey hey ah hey) the old hunting songs.
I am singing the songs of my fathers and of the animals they hunted down.
(Hey hey hey ah hey) I never knew the words of the old songs.
(Hey hey ah hey hey hey hey ah hey) I never went hunting.
(Hey hey ah ah hey ah hey) I never sang the songs
(Hey ah hey) of my fathers.
(Hey hey ah hey) I am singing for this movie;
(Hey ah) I am doing this for money.
(Hey hey ah hey) I remember Grandfather; he lay on his back while he was dying.
(Hey ah hey hey ah hey) I think I am no one.
(Hey hey ah hey hey)

“Hey ah”
Laurie Anderson
_United States Live_ 1984