From the report:
Opening Keynote: Janet Chávez Santiago, Oaxaca, Mexico, “Indigenous Language and Culture Visibility in the Digital Age: Examples from Zapotec Activism,” Oct. 3
Janet Chávez Santiago discussed the challenges and rewards of piloting a Zapotec course for second language learns, in her native Teotitlán del Valle, in the absence of teaching materials. In response to this barriers, she has collaborated with Zapotec speakers, since 2013, to produce an online talking dictionary. She has also authored children’s books in Zapotec and been invited to read them in pre-schools. Her presentation provided a vital model for developing similar projects and it coincided with the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019).