Published February 28, 2018
This video was recorded by Sarah Meltzoff in Honiara, Solomon Islands, where Patricia lives and she and Sarah met. Natqnnga, also known as Natügu and sometimes called the Santa Cruz language, is spoken by as many as 5,900 people, primarily on the Pacific island of Nendö, also known as Santa Cruz, in the archipelago nation of the Solomon Islands. A member of the Austronesian family of languages, Natqnnga shares roots and vocabulary with more than 1,000 mother tongues across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, from Malagasy, the national of Madagascar, to Hawaiian. There are as many as five major dialects, two of which — Nea and Nooli — are sometimes considered to constitute a separate language, Nalögo.