Kaltxì ma olo’ unìltirantokxä! Happy March!
February was an exciting month for the "AVATAR" fandom and for Kelutral.org. Let’s review the highlights!
Community podcast "Eana Mokri" came off of hiatus to release their first episode of the year in early February. The return of the podcast comes on the heels of January’s OmatiCon convention and the release of issue No. 1 of “The Next Shadow” comic, both of which the cast discuss at length.
Support "Eana Mokri" by giving the podcast a listen on your preferred podcasting platform!
Kelutral.org acquired a "Pandora Rising" community as a member of the new Kelutral.org network. This branch of our community will serve to connect players of the video game with other like-minded community members and further our goal of a unified fandom! Join the "Pandora Rising" Discord today: https://discord.gg/teGFg6J3Uk
To celebrate the launch of issue No. 2 of “The Next Shadow”, Kelutral.org is giving away two digital copies of the issue to randomly selected community members. The winners will be chosen on March 3.
Professor Paul Frommer published a new blog post late last night, marking the end of February. While no new vocabulary was introduced, Frommer addressed several questions he had received via email over the past few weeks.
And finally, Kelutral.org finally reached the partnership threshold to apply for partnership with Discord! The application has been submitted, and it may take as many as 30 days for it to be reviewed and approved. We thank everyone who has contributed to us reaching this milestone!
Kelutral Status Update
Recently Kelutral.org expanded our vision for the scope and application of our community to include a broader range of fan interests. With the acquisition of a "Pandora Rising" community in February, our focus is now on negotiating acquisition of and partnership with the teams of both r/AVATAR and the AVATAR Wiki.
The goal is to consolidate our efforts of building thriving "AVATAR" communities into a singular effort, therefore increasing the individual successes of each by virtue of the collective focus and ability. We will ideally have more news for you on this front in the coming weeks.
The Month of March
Looking ahead, anticipate the release of “The Next Shadow” issue No. 3 this week, as well as a coinciding giveaway of the digital issue.
The current "Pandora Rising" season concludes at the end of this month, so make your final push with your Alliance!
Expect an "Eana Mokri" episode in the next two to three weeks, as recording has wrapped for the latest episode. The cast discusses "The Next Shadow" issue No. 2 and the latest in space news.
That’s all for February. A lot to look forward to from around the "AVATAR" community! Be sure to follow our socials for breaking news from the franchise and fanbase as it happens.
By: Mako Ryht
So far, 2021 has been an extraordinarily productive year for Kelutral.org. With OmatiCon setting the pace, we are thrilled to unveil the next step in our continued effort to grow and improve the AVATAR community: The Kelutral Network
The AVATAR community is broad and diverse, but also isolated and scattered. With the first sequel now less than two years away, it is our dream to use the time we have remaining to gather the clans under a single banner. With that in mind, we hope to begin to cater to the varying interests and niches in the community beyond simply learning Na'vi. This is why we have launched the Kelutral Network.
Our first partnership brings a thriving Pandora Rising Discord server into the fold. With Pandora Rising representing the most imminent release among the satellite media projects in the works, it is important to us that Kelutral.org have representation for the game and its players. By partnering with the Pandora Discord team to rebrand as "Pandora Rising @ Kelutral.org", we hope to create new opportunities for growth and connection for our network.
As the Na'vi say, siva ko! Let's continue to make 2021 the best year for Kelutral.org yet!
By Albert Chessa
A recent post [on r/avatar] reminded me of how internally frustrated I get with others bagging on Avatar for no reason other than its trendy to do so.
But something always stops me from feeling the need to lash back out when others lash out at me --
I choose to spare myself from the debates, and continue to politely express why Avatar is worthwhile, and no-pressure suggest that anyone who disagrees would benefit from reconsidering their criticism.
That’s something that isn’t noted enough --
That Avatar fans don’t lash out nearly as much as Marvel/Star Wars fans.
We’re genuinely happy with what we have, and scarcity has taught us appreciation in the intervening years between film 1 and 2.
We haven’t been constantly stimulated by regular Avatar content (series, books, film, other), which has prompted us to really cherish and dive into what we do have (which is in-theme with the film, teaching us to appreciate and protect ‘Pandora on Earth’, our own creatures, cultures and environment) 🙏
Whenever someone feels the need to knock someone down in order to feel tall, it speaks of their insecurity that if they didnt do that, their beliefs and the thing they love would crumble, which would expose that their belief is in fact weaker because it’s easily shaken.
Doesn’t sound like a lot of confidence to me,
Like Cameron and his filmmaking style, I feel Avatar fans are resilient, and not shaken by doubters and critics.
And, also like Jim, the Avatar community is just quietly, self-sustainingly confident in the inherent worthwhile-ness and always-relevant message (and unparalleled artistry, and ultra-detailed world lore) of Avatar.
I’m grateful for that, for the insanely hard-working crew and cast of all upcoming Avatar projects, and for all of you here too ☺️
By: Paige Gibbs
Na'vi language creator Dr. Paul Frommer and James Cameron's "AVATAR" concept designer TyRuben Ellingson held seminars Jan. 2 for nearly 70 fans at OmatiCon, the community's first international virtual meetup hosted by Na'vi language community Kelutral.org.
The day-long convention celebrated the film with "AVATAR"-themed games, workshops and guest speakers utilizing Discord and Zoom. Virtual attendees spanned multiple time zones and many sessions were hosted in both German and English.
Ellingson hosted an informal Q&A regarding his time as a concept designer for "AVATAR." His vehicle designs eventually became the film's iconic A.M.P. suits and the larger-than-life dragon gunship.
When asked how he felt having worked on a project as big as the "AVATAR" film, Ellingson spoke very highly of working with Cameron and the other designers.
"It's bliss. It's kind of glorious bliss," Ellingson said.
"I know that we can think about our life goals and we can think about the things we want to accomplish. And it's a struggle. It's a struggle for everyone who has dreams to go out and make them real. When you do finally find your way to getting your projects realized… for me to actually have that opportunity was like a dream come true."
His final word came as an exhortation to aspiring artists and filmmakers.
"Start now," Ellingson said. "Like get started now. Shoot crap movies. Shoot phone movies. Like don't wait. There's never a perfect moment to get involved with your dreams."
Community member Kris, known to the community as EanaUnil, led draw-along workshops in both German and English, where she taught the basics of drawing a Na'vi. She ended the sessions by helping aspiring artists fine tune their work.
Frommer spoke on the topic of language learning versus Stephen Krashen's theory of second language acquisition. After a short demonstration lesson of how to practically apply language acquisition as a teacher, Frommer answered questions from eager language learners.
Fans of the "AVATAR" franchise both old and new enjoyed discussing the first film, as well as the promise of the sequels. The next is scheduled to release December 16, 2022. As is tradition at previous in-person meetups, the evening closed with a group watch viewing of the film.
Some fans joined the community at large specifically to attend OmatiCon.
One such fan and Na'vi language learner is simply known as Ducky. She has been learning Na'vi with the German-speaking language community Lerngruppe since March 2020. Ducky was pleased to meet so many new people and have the opportunity to listen to Frommer's seminar, she said.
Being new to the Na'vi language and community, Ducky found OmatiCon inspired her to continue her language journey.
"I think [OmatiCon] was gorgeous, because there were so many people, and a big motivation boost, because it was a wonderful experience," Ducky said.