ANLC publishes Ahtna anthology

Yenida'a Tah, Ts'utsaede, K'adiide / Mythical Times, Ancient Times, Recent Times: An Anthology of Ahtna Narratives tells stories steeped in the Ahtna culture of south-central Alaska. James Kari and Siri G. Tuttle spent decades compiling, transcribing and translating the stories. Kari is a professor emeritus of linguistics, and Tuttle is a linguistics professor and director of the Alaska Native Language Center. The anthology, illustrated with photos and maps, is available for $30.

ANLC publishes Nunivak ethnobotany

Numiwami Navcit Cenallat-llu / Nunivak Plant & Seashore Life: The Ethnobotany of the Nuniwarmiut Eskimo, Nunivak Island, Alaska -- compiled from the knowledge and memories of elders from Mekoryuk by Dennis Griffin -- has just been released by the Alaska Native Language Center. It's available for $20.

Siri Tuttle named director of ANLC

Dr. Siri Tuttle, a linguistics professor and faculty member of the Alaska Native Language Center, has been named ANLC director.

She succeeds Dr. Lawrence Kaplan, who retired with emeritus status.

Dr. Anna Berge, also a linguistics professor at ANLC, succeeds Dr. Tuttle as director of the Alaska Native Language Archive.

CoLang 2016 video is online

Ben Levine's 3-minute video on CoLang2016 made for the 2018 Video Showcase (NSF) is now available online:á

ANLC Director Lawrence Kaplan writes: "It's fun to get on the site, view our video and many others that have been submitted. People began sending questions this morning, which I am answering. It's a great way to let others know about CoLang, and you may see yourself in the footage. The Tlingits figure prominently, and Walkie Charles starts things out."

CoLang fellowships

Seventeen applications were selected by the Alaska Native Language Center for sponsorship to the Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang) program this summer at the University of Florida.
Fellowships cover travel, tuition, and room and board. CoLang has two weeks of workshops followed by three weeks of practicum. This year, CoLang runs from June 18 to July 20 in Gainesville. For more information about CoLang, visit
ANLC hosted CoLang in 2016.

Public talk by Professor Perry Gilmore

On March 6 at UAF's Murie Auditorum, Dr. Perry Gilmore presented her 2016 book Kisisi (Our Language), about how two five-year-old boys, one American and one Kenyan, invented their own language, based on Swahili and understood only by the two of them. Dr. Gilmore's study of her son and his friend forty years ago in post-colonial Kenya provides a fascinating example of children's creative ability to learn and even invent language.á

A sociolinguist and educational anthropologist at the University of Arizona, Dr. Gilmore is also an affiliate faculty member at the Alaska Native Language Center at Professor Emerita at UAF.

Video: Dr. Gilmore March 6, public lecture

UAF student builds language-learning tool for Inupiaq

Students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and beyond are learning the Inupiaq language with help from a website created by a fellow student. Qaġġun Zibell, whose English name is Chelsey, has built a website to help students absorb basic Inupiaq. Zibell’s work was completed as part of a summer graduate fellowship through UAF eLearning & Distance Education.

Studies in Inuit Linguistics: In Honor of Michael Fortescue

The ANLC has published Studies in Inuit Linguistics: In Honor of Michael Fortescue, which is a collection of articles celebrating Fortescue's many years of research on Inuit languages and dialects. The authors, in order of appearance, are: Jerrold Sadock, Louis-Jacques Dorais, Marc-Antoine Mahieu, Naja Trondhjem, Alana Johns, Elke Nowak, Anna Berge, Nicole Tersis, Katti Frederiksen, and Lawrence D. Kaplan. The editors are Kaplan and Berge. The price is $30. Sales information is here.


  • Affix Clusters and the Lexicon in Kalaallisut, by Jerrold Sadock
  • Delete It or Not: The Morphophonology of Affixes in Nunavik Inuktitut, by Louis-Jacques Dorais
  • Description Morphophonologique de l’inukitut du Nunavik, by Marc-Antoine Mahieu
  • Verbal Aspects in West Greenlandic — Lexical and Grammatical Aspects, by Naja Trondhjem
  • Anaphoric Arguments in Unangax̂ and Eastern Canadian Inuktitut, by Alana Johns
  • The Times of Inuktitut, by Elke Nowak
  • Is the Participial an Independent or a Dependent Mood? by Anna Berge
  • Histoire de Revenants — Groenland Oriental, by Nicole Tersis
  • Kalaallit Inuusuttut Kalaallisut Oqaaseqatigiilioriaasiat, by Katti Frederiksen
  • Bering Strait: Crossroads of Inuit and Yupik Languages, by Lawrence D. Kaplan

Koyukon Athabaskan Dictionary has been reprinted by ANLC

The Koyukon Athabaskan Dictionary, out of print for a decade, has been brought back by the Alaska Native Language Center. It was originally published in 2000.

The KAD, containing many illustrations by Jules Jette and photographs, has a comprehensive foreword explaining the structure and orthography of the language, which is native to a broad expanse of Alaska west of Fairbanks. The casebound volume has more than 1,200 pages.

The book sells for $66 and can be bought now at the ANLC office in the Brooks Building. Orders may be placed by phone (907) 474-7874, fax (907) 474-6586, or email (More information)

Edward J. Vajda, an eminent linguist at Western Washington University, describes the dictionary:

“This dictionary arose from a unique collaboration across times and generations. It began with the gifted Jesuit linguist Jules Jetté (1864-1927), whose pioneering work among Native Alaskan communities during the early 20th century laid the groundwork for the fundamental documentation of Koyukon. Beginning in the 1970s Eliza Jones of the Alaska Native Language Center, native Koyukon speaker, modern linguist, and the foremost authority on the language, synthesized Jetté’s meticulous notes, combining and augmenting them with from her own research. The result is one of the most authoritative and exhaustive dictionaries available for any indigenous language of North America. The book’s editor-in-chief — veteran Athabaskanist James Kari — provided etymological notes to most of the entries, as well as grammatical appendixes and glossaries that make Koyukon’s complicated language structures nicely accessible to learners and professional linguists alike. Brimming with insights both new and old, the inclusion of vintage photographs and numerous line drawings with original ethnographic commentary by Jetté himself makes this volume a work of art in addition to being a tremendous scholarly achievement.”

Town formerly known as Barrow already in court over new name

Lisa Demer's story in the Alaska Dispatch News addresses issues that Utqiaġvik, the town formerly known as Barrow, faces as it changes its name.

The story has a link to a minute of discussion in which the two Inupiaq names are spoken.


Voting information written and spoken in Alaska Native languages

The Alaska Division of Elections maintains a language-assistance page with links to ballot information written and spoken in Yup'ik, Siberian Yupik, Inupiaq, Koyukon, and Gwich'in.


Shem Pete's Alaska, a staple of the state's history, has been revised and reprinted

Shem Pete (1896-1989), the colorful raconteur from Susitna Station, left a rich legacy of knowledge about the Upper Cook Inlet Dena'ina world. The 1987 and 2003 editions of Shem Pete's Alaska contributed much to Dena'ina cultural identity and to public appreciation of the Dena'ina place-names network. With editorial refinements spanning more than three decades, this 2016 edition of Shem Pete's Alaska will remain the essential reference work on the Dena'ina people. The book, written by James Kari and James A. Fall, contains many maps and photos (some in color), as well as a thorough index. The book costs $39.95. It can be ordered by email or phone, and it can be bought in our office in the Brooks Building.


Unangam Tunuu book looks at language of Pribilofs

Professor Anna Berge's new book -- Pribilof Anĝaĝigan Tunungin / The Way We Talk in the Pribilofs -- is an in-depth introduction to learning one of the less-well documented varieties of Unangam Tunuu. Unangam Tunuu is the language of the people indigenous to the Aleutian Islands; it is highly endangered, but speaker communities are found in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands of Alaska and the Commander Islands of Eastern Russia. The book comes with three discs of recordings for the lessons.


New: Guidebook to the Tlingit language

A new book focusing on the Alaska Native language of much of Southeast Alaska is being published by X̱'unei Lance Twitchell, the Goldbelt Heritage Center, and the Alaska Native Language Center. The book -- Haa Wsineix̱ Haa Yoo X̱ 'atángi / Our Language Saved Us: A Guidebook for Learning the Tlingit Language -- focuses on verbs. It can be ordered through the ANLC.


Alaska Native languages website offers introduction

A new website to introduce learners to Alaska Native Languages is, a educational resource funded by the Alaska Humanities Forum. The site is for learners and teachers of Alaska Native languages and anyone who is curious.


'Never Alone' game features Iñupiaq story

"Kisima Inŋitchuŋa" ("Never Alone"), a video game based on an Iñupiaq legend, invites players to guide an Iñupiaq girl and a playful arctic fox as they try to save her village from a long-lasting blizzard. The game has been described as a way to pass old stories to a generation attuned to electronic communications.

Ronald Brower, who teaches Iñupiaq at the Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, narrates the game's trailer.

This video game is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites.  


New oral history of the Lower Yukon

Nunamta Ellamta-llu Ayuqucia / What Our Land and World Are Like is a collaboration between community members in Kotlik, Emmonak, Alakanuk, and Nunam Iqua who have worked together with the Calista Elders Council to record the history of their land and lives. Oral historian Alice Rearden and anthropologist Ann Fienup-Riordan produced this book, which is richly illustrated with maps and historical and current-day photos. The 656-page paperback is $35 and can be ordered from the ANLC.


Gwich'in site focuses on caribou, a fascinating new site, examines the role of caribou in the Gwich'in culture.

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.

Mount McKinley officially becomes Denali

Denali is the new official name of the continent's tallest peak, still called by some Mount McKinley. Shem Pete's Alaska, a book by James Kari and James Fall published in 2003 and to be republished in 2016 by the University of Alaska Press, has a three-page section, "Names for Denali in Alaska Native Languages and the Denali Name Change of 2015." [download]


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]



    ANLC Publication Webstore
    The new ANLC Publication Store is now online. Check it out and buy a book or two while you're there.

    Class listing for fall 2018
    Alaska Native Language classes available at UAF in the fall semester.

    Language Blog
    The Talking Alaska blog provides reflections on Alaska's Native languages.

    Yup'ik immersion
    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.

    New I˝upiaq-English dictionary
    Edna MacLean's new I˝upiaq-to-English dictionary is available in the Alaska Native Language Center.


Walkie Charles in Igiugig, Alaska Summer 2018 delivering an overview of beginning Yup’ik grammar for the community members.



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]


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Street address: 1736 Tanana Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99775

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