James speaking Namakura
This video was recorded by Sarah Doyle in Finonge, Vanuatu, where James lives and works. The Namakura language, also known as Makura or Namakir, is spoken by as many as 3,800 people, primarily in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu. More specifically, Namakura speakers live on Efate Island as well as the Shepherd Islands, in the archipelago nation’s central Shefa Province. Namakura is an Austronesian language of the Oceanic family, sharing genealogical traits with languages across the Pacific regions of Melanesia and Micronesia. It is generally an exclusively spoken language, however there is a good deal of written documentation housed in Paradisec, the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures.