Global Activism: Preserving Cultural Heritage

March 4, 2010

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It's Thursday, and time for our Global Activism series. Each Thursday we hear about an individual who's decided to work to make the world a better place.

Some scholars estimate that at least half of the world's languages may disappear within this lifetime. Paul Christians and Jeff DeKock decided they needed to do something about that, so they started Open Hand Studios. The organization works to preserve cultural heritage. Both Paul and Jeff studied anthropology in graduate school.

And Jeff says he and Paul were frustrated with the ways that anthropologists were engaging with indigenous communities.

Below is a slideshow of photos from the different regions Open Hands works in. To read the captions which accompany each photo, click on the captions button on the bottom right-hand corner of the slideshow.