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21 February 2014
Mapuche Twitter Storm on International Mother Language Day
Indigenous from Chile and Argentina
Mapuche Twitterstorm
Why Mapuche Indigenous make a call to a Twitter Storm?

International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. Its observance was also formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.

We speak our language for more than 200 years, long before any European (white man) set foot on our land.
Still, today the Mapuche People are not recognize as a Nation by the Chilean state, nor our language is official.

On this day we will tweet on our mother tongue to make clear that we are still alive.
Our Mapuche Twitter account: https://twitter.com/mapucheNL