Kamanakao long-term vision

In order to achieve our objectives Kamanakao Association wishes to accomplish the following:-

1.LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT: this includes development of

  • a writing system (orthography)
  • grammatical descriptions (grammar books)
  • a dictionary


  • writing story booklets for children
  • writing primers/pamphlets on important messages for adult literacy
  • translating hymns and portions of the Bible
  • conducting literacy classes for adults and children


  • developing a Cultural Centre in which most of our Literacy Development activities (item 2 above) will take place
  • training in cultural skills (e.g. canoeing) and performances (e.g. dances)
  • conducting research on Shiyeyi language and culture


  • Bible translation
  • cultural studies
  • literacy material development

Currently, the Association is working on:

  • developing the orthography to facilitate the production of literacy materials;
  • collecting oral stories, songs, poems and so on, which are useful to provide the rich language its context and facilitate the development of the orthography and of reading materials;
  • translation of hymns and gospels, and eventually the Bible;

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