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: development/eskimo-heritage- program/
      (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):
      2. Kuskokwim Campus/UAF (Yup’ik language classes and Yup’ik B.A. degree taught primarily in Yup’ik):
      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 ANL’s 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: (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:

1 November 2016