WEBCAST: Recovering Voices - Sustaining Global Linguistic Diversity

Linguist Gabriela Pérez Báez squatting in the forest wearing a field hat and boots. Photo by Gibrán Morales Carranza.

Dr. Gabriela Pérez Báez in the field in La Ventosa, Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Gibrán Morales Carranza.


The May 25 webcasts with Gabriela Pérez Báez have ended. Watch recordings using the links below, and then take the webcast survey and tell us how we did!

11 a.m. Show - Recovering Voices - Sustaining Global Linguistic Diversity

2 p.m. Show - Recovering Voices - Sustaining Global Linguistic Diversity

Smithsonian Science How: Recovering Voices - Sustaining Global Linguistic Diversity

Durante este programa, usted puede enviar preguntas formuladas en castellano para que Gabriela las responda. Aunque el programa se transmitirá en inglés, hacia finales del verano, este programa estará disponible aquí con subtítulos en castellano. Visítenos de nuevo para esto y otros materials en castellano relacionados con este programa.

Featuring Linguist Gabriela Pérez Báez

Meet Dr. Gabriela Pérez Báez, the Curator of Linguistics at the National Museum of Natural History. Learn about the world's incredible diversity of languages and the wealth of knowledge and information they hold. See how we all acquire language based on which sounds and sentences we get exposed to when we're young. Find out what the dialect you speak reveals about your history and culture. Take a journey with Gabriela to Mexico, where she is working with a Zapotec community to document and revitalize a threatened language. Learn what the Smithsonian’s Recovering Voices initiative is doing to sustain the world’s languages. During the program she answers questions in Spanish and English.

How do you participate in the webcast program?

1. WATCH the recorded webcasts using the links above

   2. Get TEACHING RESOURCES for the webcast

      3. Design an ASSESSMENT for your students

          4. Take the webcast SURVEY


The Recovering Voices webcast package supports students in meeting the following National Social Studies Standards:


  • Human beings create, learn, share, and adapt to culture.

Individual Development and Identity

  • Personal identity is shaped by an individual's culture, by groups, by institutional influences, and by lived experiences shared with people inside and outside the individual's own culture throughout her or his development.

Global Connections

  • Global connections have intensified and accelerated the changes faced at the local, national and international levels

People, Places, and Environments

  • The study of people, places, and environments enables us to understand the relationship between human populations and the physical world