Documenting and Teaching Alutiiq
This project has resulted in an online Alutiiq Language Archive, that includes a speaker registry with speaker profiles and recorded samples. With support from the National Science Foundation, the Alutiiq Museum continues to lead an effort to evaluate and protect language recordings collected in the past, and to plan for additional recordings needed to preserve the Alutiiq language. As part of this project, we are transfering audio and video recordings, develop a catalog of the museum language recordings, producing finding aids, and working to develop additional language recordings. This three-year project will serve as the backbone for the next phase of Alutiiq language revitalization.
Photo: Michael Bach records Alutiiq Elder Nick Alokli, 2015
The Qik'rtarmiut Alutiit Program - "Alutiiq People of the Island"
Qbooks Bringing Alutiiq Language to Children
The Alutiiq Museum and Native Village of Afognak have released app versions of the Alutiiq language children’s books. With financial support from the Afognak Native Corporation, the Administration for Native Americans, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Alutiiq Museum and Native Village of Afognak are partnering to develop the apps with the goal of providing fun, accessible books to Alutiiq language learners and speakers anywhere in the world.
Readers can also make their own recording of the book and color each page, if desired. The apps are compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices using iOS 8.0 or higher and are available in the iTunes store.
Many Kodiak organizations are working to preserve and share the Alutiiq Language. The Alutiiq Museum works closely with the Native Village of Afognak, Kodiak College, and the Kodiak Island Borough School District to develop language learning resources, document Alutiiq speech, and teach the language to the next generation.