Alutiiq Living Words Project a Success

As Rosetta Stone works on North Slope Alaskan languages, the NSF DEL (National Science Foundation’s Documenting Endangered Languages program) has been funding the Alutiiq Museum program Alutiiq Living Words since 2007. The project is archiving recordings from elder speakers and pairing elder speakers with semi-fluent speakers to bring them up to speed. Initiatives include a QARLAC (Qik’rtarmiut Alutiit Regional Language Advisory Committee), an Alutiiq language web portal, Alutiiq New Words Council.

Unless additional funding is procured, the project will go into an inert, low-budget sustain phase. Most people involved are just grateful the project went so well overall.

The documentation and fluency training is invaluable to future revitalization efforts, such as language immersion, which at the moment is not funded since they were unable to obtain an ANA (Administration for Native Americans) language implementation grant. They are targeting large, reliable sums of money instead of compiling a series of smaller grants. Non-profits are expected to draw in little funding especially due to the recession, and Alaska’s high number of non-profits.

Alutiiq language preservation will be discussed at an NSF summit on March 18, 2011 at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

For now, fan the Alutiiq Language Speakers and Learners Facebook page.

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