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Language Family: Yupik

  • Mar 22, 2012
  • 09:25 AM

Program seeks to recover Afognak's lost Alutiiq words

The News Tribune / James Brooks
The Native village of Afognak is beginning a long-term project to digitize hundreds of hours of video and audio conversations with Alutiiq elders, converting them into a format accessible to modern researchers. Locked within the recordings may be Alutiiq language words lost to current speakers.
  • 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 15, 2012
  • 11:21 PM

Alutiiq Language on the Mend (audio)

Jennifer Canfield / KMXT Public Radio News
With fewer than 150 known fluent speakers, the Alutiiq language is just one of many indigenous languages worldwide that are in danger of extinction. However, with the concerted efforts from people like April Counceller, that won't happen.
  • Feb 13, 2012
  • 06:48 PM

Native Languages Stay Alive on Web

Lauren Maxwell / KTVA CBS 11 News Alaska
The website includes an Alutiiq dictionary where users can not only see the way the word is written but actually hear how it is pronounced. There are also numerous study guides for children of varying ages.
  • Dec 12, 2011
  • 11:34 PM

Arizona has most Indian language speakers

United Press International
Sixty-five percent of tribal language speakers live in just three states -- Alaska, Arizona and New Mexico. Nine counties within the three states contain half the nation's tribal language speakers, the report said.
  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 08:00 PM

Alutiiq Consortium hosts Immersion A-Z workshop

Isiik April Counceller / Talking Alaska
Learner-Teachers of Alutiiq on Kodiak Island recently got some help with their efforts to teach and learn using immersion methods. With funding from the Administration for Native Americans, an Alutiiq Language consortium project hosted an Immersion A-Z training in Kodiak last week.
  • Dec 01, 2011
  • 11:29 AM

Alaskan educators tour PSJA’s dual-language program (video)

Erika Flores / KGBT-TV
Educators from Alaska traveled to the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD schools this week to learn more about the dual-language program. The educators want to preserve their native language, and they hope this visit will help. “As English encroaches in Yupik society, Yupik is beginning to erode,” said Gayle Miller, the director of academic programs in their Alaskan district.
  • Aug 20, 2011
  • 12:22 PM

Teen sees Yup'ik songs as means of preserving Native languages

Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News
Alyson McCarty speaks Latin. She knows a little Greek and few words of Spanish. But when the 14-year-old sings, she sings in her mother's language of Yup'ik.
  • Aug 03, 2011
  • 11:35 PM

For Alaska's Alutiiq, the Future May Be Found in the Past (video)

David Braun / National Geographic
The Alutiiq Museum has been documenting the indigenous language, trying to record as much as possible elders speaking common everyday language, Haakanson said. The project has some urgency because there are fewer than 24 fluent speakers left today, less than half the number of speakers a decade ago, when the documentation started.
  • Jul 29, 2011
  • 10:00 PM

Indigenous, non-English languages struggle to survive in U.S.

Jarondakie Patrick / Bellingham Herald
Indigenous and non-English languages such as Gullah — which originated with slaves from West Africa and includes some English — face a host of obstacles to survival in today's United States, including a lack of resources, the fact that most of the speakers are dying off and a stigma that the languages are for uneducated people. But some schools and programs are fighting that stigma and trying to preserve these languages for a new generation.
  • Jul 22, 2011
  • 06:12 AM

49 Writers' Vanasse publishes original kids' book in English and Yup'ik

Amy Fletcher / Juneau Empire
Now, Anchorage-based author Deb Vanasse has released “Lucy’s Dance,” an original children’s story published in English and in Yup’ik (“Lugiim Yuraa”) through the University of Alaska Press. Like Hayes’ work, Vanasse’s book is believed to be the first of its kind.
  • Apr 17, 2011
  • 11:23 PM

More about the Alutiiq Language Program

Elisabeth Dunham / Oregon Live
The nationally funded Alutiiq Language Program on Kodiak Island began documenting the area's native language about four years ago. As part of the program, fluent elders and "semi-fluent" speakers are brought in to speak the language while staff members make digital and audio recordings.