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Language: Tlingit

  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 01:15 PM

Woosh kaanáxh gaxhtuda.aat: Conference convenes in Sitka

Xh’unei Lance A. Twitchell / Juneau Empire
...this year’s conference will feature a Lingít Yoo Xh’atángi Eetí Ká: Tlingit Language Immersion Room. This room is dedicated to speakers and learners of Tlingit, and anyone else who wants to hear this beautiful and complex language. Tlingit is extremely endangered, with an estimated 200 speakers remaining and a small but dedicated group of learners who are doing their best to make sure the language not only survives...
  • Mar 27, 2012
  • 05:18 PM

April 1-7, 2012 Proclaimed Heritage Language Awareness Week

Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Council is proclaiming April 1-7, 2012 Heritage Language Awareness Week. It is estimated that only 175 Native languages remain in the United States, three of which are languages indigenous to the Ketchikan area: Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian also known as Lingít, Xaad Kíl, and Shmalgyax.
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • 09:39 PM

Senate Passes Bill to Protect Alaska Native Languages

Alaska Native News
The Alaska State Senate passed a bill on Tuesday aimed at protecting and restoring Alaska Native Languages. Senate Bill 130 will establish the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council to assess the state of Alaska Native Languages, reevaluate the programs within the state, and make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature to establish new programs or reorganize the current programs.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 05:10 PM

New Tlingit “encyclopedia” baffling to scholars, speakers

Robert Woolsey / KCAW
A new encyclopedia of the Tlingit language has teachers in Sitka scratching their heads. The massive work by New Zealand scholar Sally-Ann Lambert is extraordinarily detailed, and the product of years of effort. The problem is: The language in the book is not recognizable by contemporary scholars, or Native Tlingit speakers.
  • Aug 22, 2011
  • 02:56 AM

Workshop works to revitalize Tlingit language

Juneau Empire
Elders, fluent Tlingit speakers, language teachers and learners gathered in Juneau recently to work towards Tlingit language revitalization.
  • Jul 26, 2011
  • 11:23 AM

Language tool teaches Tlingit alphabet (audio)

Ed Schoenfeld / KCAW
JUNEAU, ALASKA (2011-07-25) Do you want to learn Tlingit? You could start with the 50 letters, including some sounds that are not found in other languages. A new online tool, plus a note-card-and-audio system, is aimed at children. But it can help students of any age.
  • May 15, 2011
  • 05:47 PM

Tlingit book collaboration turns new page in Alaska kids' reading

Shannon Haugland / The Republic
SITKA, Alaska — "The Story of the Town Bear and Forest Bear" will be recognizable to anyone who has read the classic tale about a pair of similarly diverse mice. But not many will be able to read it — at least at first — because the book is written entirely in the Tlingit language.
  • Apr 17, 2011
  • 11:32 PM

Reincarnation of Stories: New play, to be performed in Tlingit, opens tonight

Amy Condra / Juneau Empire
When Ishmael Hope’s grandfather died, his family and friends gathered to pay tribute. As they stood to share their stories, they spoke in a language that had, for thousands of years, served Alaska’s Native people: They spoke in Tlingit.