Yukon-Kuskokwim Ethnobotany

Elders in western Alaska have compiled "A Guide to the Ethnobotany of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region." It describes many plant species and provides the Yup'ik names and the meaning of the name. Also shown are the English and scientific names, and many entries are illustrated with photos. Chapters are devoted to trees and shrubs, edible berries, mouse foods, other edible plants, medicinals, poisonous plants, grasses and sedges, ferns, mosses, miscellaneous plants, algae, lichens, and fungi. Download the PDF.


Quinhagak elders pass along history

Erinaput Unguvaniartut / So Our Voices Will Live is a collaboration between the community of Quinhagak and the Calista Elders Council, the major heritage organization for southwest Alaska. It was initiated by the people of Quinhagak to both preserve and share the history and oral traditions unique to their homeland at the mouth of the Qanirtuuq River on Kuskokwim Bay. Quinhagak elders gathered in the village and well as traveled to Anchorage to work with oral historian Alice Rearden and anthropologist Ann Fienup-Riordan where they worked together, for the sake of their young people, "so that their voices will stay alive." (Order the book)


UAF ridge named Troth Yeddha'

The ridge along which the University of Alaska Fairbanks is built now officially carries the name Troth Yeddha, or Indian Potato Ridge.

The name was approved in 2013 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. The ridge previously had no official name. Read about Troth Yeddha' and how the name came about.


Tanacross Dictionary App

The Tanacross Learner's Dictionary (originally published in print form in 2008) is now available as an App for iPhone/iPod. Like the print dictionary, the mobile app is a reference for anyone wanting to learn the spoken Tanacross language. The subject matter and the level of complexity are varied enough to make the dictionary a useful resource for a wide range of users, from people who know nothing of the language to people already know some words and phrases or have heard the language being spoken by their parents or grandparents. The dictionary consists of about 2000 English entry words with nearly 4500 Tanacross words and example sentences and links to about 3800 audio recordings of the Tanacross words and sentences. Audio files are embedded in the App and do not require wi-fi or 3G to play.




Mount McKinley or Denali?

Sen. Lisa Murkowski has proposed officially giving the name Denali to the continent's tallest peak, Mount McKinley. Shem Pete's Alaska, a book by James Kari and James Fall published in 2003 by the University of Alaska Press, has a three-page section, "Names for Denali/Mt. McKinley in Alaska Native Languages." [download]


New Publications

Publications catalog,
2013

Download the Alaska Native Language Center's catalog for a full view of our books and music. 

Download the catalog. (PDF, 4 MB)


Yup'ik Eskimo Dictionary, Second Edition

The second edition of the Yup'ik Eskimo Dictionary has arrived from the printer. This is the greatly expanded, two-volume edition of Professor Steven A. Jacobon's well-known dictionary, first published in 1988. The cost for the two-volume set is $50.

Volume 1 contains the introduction and bases. Volume 2 contains the postbases, endings and enclitics, loan words, and English-to-Yup'ik index.


Lower Tanana Athabascan Place Names

More than a thousand place names in the Lower Tanana Athabascan language are identified. A CD and a print version of the book list the locations and explain the meaning of the names and discuss how they were derived. Large maps that accompany the book and CD are available separately from Date-Line Digital Printing in Fairbanks. The CD and book are for sale at $10 each from the ANLC. [Buy]


Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska [map]

A new edition of the groundbreaking map showing the indigenous language regions of Alaska—and related languages of neighboring areas of Canada and Russia—is now available. Native villages now are identified in the local language as well as in English. It is the first revision in nearly 30 years. The map, generated with geographic information system (GIS) technology, is the joint product of the Alaska Native Language Center and UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research. This work updates the map originally compiled in 1974 by former ANLC Director Michael Krauss and last updated in 1982. [Buy]

[Download a smaller, free version suitable for PowerPoint and classroom/office presentations]



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About the ANLC

The Alaska Native Language Center was established in 1972 by state legislation as a center for the documentation and cultivation of the state's 20 Native languages. [Mission statement]

Contact the ANLC

Information and book orders: uaf-aknativelang@alaska.edu

Mailing address:  PO Box 757680, Fairbanks, AK 99775

Street address: 305 Tanana Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99775

Phone:   907-474-7874    |     Fax 907-474-6586

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