The unique oral literatures and traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous peoples is rapidly being lost through the death of traditional practitioners and the lack of interest in the next generation as a result of schooling and mass media.
The Firebird Foundation has established a program of Fellowships to support the recording of this body of rapid disappearing oral literature and ecological knowledge. Fellowships are available to anthropologists, linguists, and other scholars, as well as to individuals or teams of local researchers in indigenous societies who are dedicated to preserving their oral traditions.
The pilot project for this work was developed in the Sabah Oral Literature Project of the Firebird Foundation. Established in 1986, this project continues to collect texts today. The unique methodology developed for the work in Sabah, Malaysia and now being used in the Firebird’s Fellowship Program will facilitate the work of any Fellow in the preservation of the rapidly disappearing works of art and knowledge. This vast body of oral traditions arising from the human condition at different times and different places is one of the rarest gems of the human endeavor yet to be fully documented.
Please join us in recording the vanishing voices of indigenous peoples recounting the essence of their arts and sciences.