We believe that language is the foundation of culture. Once a language has gone dormant or extinct, then the culture associated with it may become susceptible to assimilation, misunderstanding and misrepresentation. Language also informs our worldview. Speaking, reading, and writing Kouri-Vini provides a more profound connection to our culture and identity. We believe that having engaging learning resources and a strong community of learners is essential to the reclamation of an endangered heritage language.
Dr. Christophe Landry
Assistant Director of Programs
Amber Leigh Moore
Clif St. Laurent
Interim Vice President
Director of Programs
Chinbo, Inc. is devoted to the reclamation of Kouri-Vini,
Louisiana’s endangered Creole language.
To achieve our mission, we:
Provide educational and learning resources to
the Louisiana community and its diaspora.
To see a resurgence of Kouri-Vini spoken within
the global Louisiana Creole community.
Reunion: We value family and community collaboration within the Gulf South region of the historical Louisiana territory and the Louisiana Creole diaspora.
Reconnection: We value Kouri-Vini–a language indigenous to Louisiana–and its historical expression of the Louisiana Creole culture. We strive to provide people the opportunity to continue living our cultural traditions through Kouri-Vini.
Relearn: We value (re)learning heritage languages from both community and academic knowledge.
Rejuvenation: We value (re)investment in traditional and technology-based resources which give new vigor to Kouri-Vini education.
Reclamation: We value our whole history and believe that Louisiana and Gulf South region Creole people should tell their own story, shedding selective history, disinformation, commodification, and stereotypes.
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