Help Prevent the Disappearance Of Native American Languages

Deborah J Ledford, an award-winning author and one of my very first online (and later offline) friends, has come up with an innovative way to finance her next project. IOF Productions Ltd. established the NatAmGoGo crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo to produce and distribute the audiobook version of her latest thriller novel, Crescendo from Second Wind Publishing.

The NatAmGoGo campaign will also benefit The Blue Feather Corporation, a Native American language and culture nonprofit organization.

The professional audiobook presentation of Crescendo will be narrated by TV and film actress Christina Cox, who has appeared in a variety of films and television episodes including NCIS, Dexter, 24, Castle, Chronicles of Riddick, Better Than Chocolate and Nikki & Nora. IOF Productions Ltd will record Crescendo in November at Costa Mesa Studios in Southern California for download and to purchase as CDs for a December 2013 release.

CRESCENDO_CD“We are thrilled to have Christina Cox set to perform Crescendo. Her exquisite voice and acting prowess will truly bring my words to life,” Ledford says. “The audiobook will be recorded by an experienced staff, with the quality that will equal narrated books presented by top publishing houses.”

Contributor packages for the Indiegogo/ NatAmGoGo project include a PDF version of Staccato, the first book in the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela mystery series; autographed poster of the Crescendo audiobook cover signed by Christina Cox and Ledford; print versions of book series, including Staccato, Snare and Crescendo, signed and personalized by the author; a leather bound package containing all discs of the Crescendo audiobook with booklet signed by Cox and Ledford; a full content edit by Ledford of a manuscript up to 90,000 words, and hand-crafted jewelry created by a renowned Navajo, Hopi and Taos Pueblo artists.

Ledford spent her summers growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina, where her novels are set. She met Floyd “Mountain Walking Cane” Gomez in 2006 while doing research for her award-winning novel, Snare. Several years later, Floyd expressed the need to protect languages and culture on reservations throughout the United   States, which is why he is establishing the Blue Feather Corporation.

“The storytelling campaign is an effort to prevent the disappearance of Native American languages and culture,” says Arizona author Ledford, who is part Eastern Band Cherokee.

“Native tribal languages and ancient ways are dying on our nation’s reservations,” Ledford explains. “We want to ensure that ancient societies survive.”

The Native American nonprofit foundation will receive 50% of the royalties from downloads and sales of the Crescendo audiobook. “But once the funding goal is reached, any excess will benefit the foundation 100 percent,” Ledford adds. “We can’t let another language or culture disappear,” Ledford concludes. “‘Wado,’ which means ‘thank you’ in Cherokee.”

3 Responses to “Help Prevent the Disappearance Of Native American Languages”

  1. 22pamela Says:

    Bertram…you have NO idea how much this pleases me. As one of 55,000 registered Native American Chickasaws, I really am astounded to recently learn that there are only 50 of my tribe that are considered native speakers (Chickasaw was the first language learned) and am compelled now to teach/learn our language. The prospect of having my book (just finished and still in editing phase) audio in Chickasaw just about puts me over the edge (which, right now, I’m not far from…LOL). Thank you for this interesting post and information. Chokma’shki (thank you)

    • Deborah J Ledford Says:

      Hello Pamela–Thank you for your comment and acknowledgement that what we are attempting to do with the NatAmGoGo campaign is a valued effort. Your experience of only 50 remaining tribal language speakers is becoming more and more common. Heartbreaking. The Blue Feather Corporation’s main concern is to teach native languages to young and old on the reservations. Many NA languages aren’t even written down, which makes the “storytelling” element of NatAmGoGo that much more fitting.

      Thank you for sharing your story with us.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Pamela, The world is poorer for the loss of so many Native American Languages. It’s good to know that you too are doing what you can to preserve them.

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