Revitalization Programs

Programs Concerned with Alaska Native Language (ANL) Revitalization

(Note: This list is probably incomplete. You may add your program or correct your information by sending email to Lawrence Kaplan, Alaska Native Language Center – June 6, 2012

  1. I. Documentation
    1. Alaska Native Language Center/ UAF
      (publishes dictionaries, grammars, texts, scholarly articles on Alaska Native languages)
    2. Alaska Native Language Archive/UAF
      (archives original materials and recordings, assists regional archiving)
    3. Sealaska Heritage Institute
      (dictionaries of Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian and other language materials)
    4. Eskimo Heritage Program, Kawerak, Inc., Nome
      (Records and archives oral tradition for Bering Strait region)
    5. Kodiak Alutiiq Museum
      (Alutiiq language materials and information)
    6. North Slope Borough Commission on Iñupiat History, Language, and Culture
      (Elders’ Conference transcripts and recordings, Inupiaq oral tradition, video)
    7. Simon Paneak Memorial Museum, Anaktuvuk Pass
      (museum exhibits, publications, library for Nunamiut Iñupiat)
    8. Association of Village Council Presidents
      (museum displays and publications)
    9. Individual authors and teams: Ann Fienup-Riordan and Yup’ik team, Paul John, and Calista Elders Council
      (Central Yup’ik publications, museum exhibits and catalogs)
      Richard and Nora Dauenhauer -- Tlingit literature
    10. Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center
      (exhibits, publications, videos for diverse ANLs)
    11. Alaska Native Heritage Center
    12. Alaska Native Knowledge Network (ANKN) (widely varied content on ANLs)
    13. Kodiak Alutiiq (Qik'rtarmiut) Teacher Mentorship Program
  2. Materials for Language Learning and Teaching
    1. Rural School districts publish materials and on-line resources for local languages
      1. Kuskokwim School District
      2. Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Yup’ik Immersion School
      3. North Slope Borough School District
      4. Yukon Kuskokwim School District
      5. Nikaitchuat Ilisaġviat Iñupiaq Immersion School
    2. Many of the organizations under (I) above: Alaska Native Language Center, Sealaska Heritage Institute, Kodiak Alutiiq Museum, ANKN, etc.
  3. Language classes
    1. College level
      1. Alaska Native Language Program/UAF (currently offers Inupiaq, Yup’ik, Koyukon and Gwich’in Athabascan, with B.A. degrees in Inupiaq and Yupik): ANLC classes offered
      2. Kuskokwim Campus/UAF (Yup’ik language classes and Yup’ik B.A. degree taught primarily in Yup’ik): UAF Academic catalog
      3. Chukchi Campus/UAF (Malimiu Inupiaq)
      4. Northwest Campus/UAF (Seward Peninsula Inupiaq)
      5. Kodiak College/UAA (new Alutiiq Studies Program)
      6. UAA Main Campus, Alaska Native Studies Program (Yup’ik, Tlingit)
      7. UAS, Alaska Native Studies: (Tlingit, Haida)
    2. Schools – numerous schools offer ANLs as part of their curriculum, with everything from language immersion to short periods several times per week
    3. Special language programs
      1. Eyak Language Project
    4. Mentor-apprentice learning: Kodiak Alutiiq Museum, Alaska Native Language Program/UAF (learners paired with speakers)
  4. Language Committees and Commissions
    1. Alutiiq New Words Committee
    2. North Slope Borough Iñupiat History, Language and Culture
    3. Gwich’in language committee: Hishinlai’ Kathy Sikorski,
    4. Tlingit Words Committee
  5. Resource Websites
    1. Alaskool
    2. Dena’ina Qenaga: Alaska Native Languages (Dena’ina Athabascan resources)
    3. Alaska Native Language Center
    4. Alaska Native Language Archive
    5. Sealaska Heritage Institute
    6. Kodiak Alutiiq Museum
    7. Alaska State Library Digital Archive
    8. Ahtna Heritage Foundation
    9. Talking Alaska, Reflections on the Native Languages of Alaska (blog)
    10. Ethnologue, Languages of the World
    11. Alaska Native Knowledge Network
    12. Kodiak Alutiiq (Qik'rtarmiut) Teacher Mentorship Program