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D'ANGELIS, Wilmar da Rocha. Lengua indígena: lengua extranjera en tierra indígena. Avá [online]. 2009, n.14, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1851-1694.

Despite the repeated demonstrations and instructions about the value of indigenous languages and the importance of education in mother tongue, whether in official documents of the Brazilian government, whether in articles, statements and proposals signed by indigenous teachers or non-indigenous researchers, the fact is that in the most educational programs in indigenous communities in Brazil the space for the native language is very similar to that usually found for a foreign language in the national school. As indigenous teachers often prove to have belief in the need to value and strengthen their own languages, and are - themselves - native speakers of that, the questions that arise are: Why reasons indigenous schools continue to restrict the space of the native language? Is it possible that Indian teachers are indeed believers in the potential and future of their mother tongue? And finally, will the pressures of bureaucracy, or pressures from non-indigenous teachers in the indigenous schools, which prevents the practice of programs authentically bilingual?.

Palabras clave : Indigenous Languages; Teaching Language; Education and Indigenous Societies.

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