Iņupiaq dictionary arrives
The Iņupiatun Uqaluit Taniktun Sivuniŋit / Iņupiaq to English Dictionary -- a long-awaited complete dictionary for the language of Alaska's North Slope -- has been published by the Alaska Native Language Center and the University of Alaska Press. It's available for purchase online and will soon be available in the ANLC office.
The dictionary is a comprehensive treatment of one of Alaska’s oldest ancestral languages. Through its 19,000 entries and thirty-one appendices—with categories such as kin terms, names of constellations, and a list of explanations—the dictionary is an exceptional blend of linguistic and cultural references.
The dictionary was compiled by Edna Ahgeak MacLean, who is president emeritus of Ilisagvik College. An Iņupiaq from Barrow, MacLean developed and taught in the Iņupiaq language degree program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
DVD in Iņupiaq from Minnie Aliitchak Gray of Ambler
Minnie Aliitchak Gray of Ambler, Alaska, describes everyday life along the Kobuk River in a new DVD. She speaks in Iņupiaq, with English subtitles. The DVD, produced by Takashi Sakurai, is available from the ANLC.
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. [link to official GNIS entry]
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]
Catalog of publications
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]
Troth Yeddha' News and Information
The University of Alaska supports the adoption of the Lower Tanana name Troth Yeddha' for the ridge on which UAF stands. Read about Troth Yeddha' and how the name came about.
The Talking Alaska blog provides reflections on Alaska's Native languages.
Focus Group on Language Revitalization
Learn more about how Native and non-Native scholars are studying the dynamics of language revitalization. A list of programs concerned with revitalization is offered, as is a PowerPoint presentation on Alaska Native languages.
UAF's Applied Linguistics program and the Lower Kuskokwim and Lower Yukon School Districts have launched a new site, Piciryaramta Elicungcallra, about language immersion and programming.
- Dene-Yeniseian Connection at ANLC
For information about the Dene-Yeniseian languages visit the Dene-Yeniseian page. The ANLC sponsored a Dene-Yeniseian workshop in 2012 at UAF and a public lecture by Professor Edward Vajda, whose work has illuminated the similarities between the languages of the Ket people and North America's Tlingit, Eyak, and Na-Dene peoples. Workshop homepage.
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]