Blackfoot Language is a new mobile app, developed by a teacher living in the Siksika Nation in the Canadian province of Alberta, that is designed to help students reclaim an important part of their culture.
The app, available for Apple devices, includes quizzes and games that help users improve their command of the language, and also allows them to record words and hear them back, making for instantaneous feedback.
The language in question is extremely visual and in many ways offers a shelter for many First Nations value systems and the way people communicate. However, globalization and modernization are fast resulting in the decline and extinction of indigenous languages. The Blackfoot Language app makes for an innovative way to combat this process by using smartphones and tablets, which are favored by younger people.