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Media: Rapping to Preserve the Sami Language

Submitter: Brent Woo

Submitter Email: bwoo@linguistlist.org
Subject Language(s): Sami, Kemi
Sami, Inari

Language Family: Sami

Media Body: BBC highlights a musical group from Norway that raps in Sami, a Uralic language spoken in northern Scandinavia. The group's goal is to increase awareness and upend negative preconceptions about the Sami language and people.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23497131
Issue Number: 24.3174
Date Posted: August 06, 2013

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