Visual Storytelling, Special Event     

Sonidos de las Lenguas Muertas (Sounds of the Living and Language Death)

Free and open to the public

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
6:30PM – 7:45PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
Get Directions

En español >

Between 6,000 and 7,000 languages are currently spoken, but it is estimated that between 50 and 90 percent of them will have become extinct by the year 2100. War, genocide, natural disasters, famine, urbanization, cultural marginalization, and political repression are some causes for the death of a language. Join us for an evening of reflection through a multilingual digital-visual-storytelling experience in honor of the extinct languages as part of "Día de Muertos 2019" (Day of Dead 2019). Employing spoken word, sound, sight, and motion, we will honor the disappeared languages that once existed in the Northwest and Mesoamerica.

Part of Community Celebration: Día de Muertos

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Octaviano Merecias (Spanish, English, Mixtec), of Portland, Oregon, is a digital visual storyteller, transformational speaker, trilingual writer, and seasoned educator, who works with social-emotional brain-targeted practices facilitating workshops, talks, discussion, forums, conferences, and digital collaborations with groups in the United States and abroad. A transnational citizen and a bicultural Oregonian, he was born and raised in a small village in the Mixtec Mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. Merecias utilizes the latest research information on cognitive science and social-behavioral neuroscience to inform and complement the deliverance of his interactive and multilingual presentations. Octaviano holds a master’s degree from the School of Language, Culture, & Society at OSU and a teaching certification focused on higher education issued by the Derek Bok Center at Harvard University. He is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in the Mind, Brain, and Teaching Program.

Café de olla and Pan de muerto will be provided, sponsored by the event organizer, Revolución Coffee House.

Octaviano Merecias