UNLOADING – From left, Kent Barkhau, Linda Behnken and Terry Perensovich unload fish at the Seafood Producers Co-op dock from the F/V Woodstock recently. Behnken, executive director of Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association, talked to the Sentinel about an ALFA program to distribute 49,000 pounds of salmon to villages affected by poor subsistence fish returns. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Gathering Immersed In Tlingit

By Sentinel Staff

A substantial number of the world’s Tlingit language speakers have been gathering in Sitka this week for a first-of-its-kind language immersion program.

Fluent Tlingit speaker Lillian Austin of Juneau speaks with her language apprentice Jamie Bradley, right, Thursday in the Mt. Edgecumbe High School student union building during the Lingit Language Immersion program. At left Juneau’s Ishmael Hope and Sitka’s Ethel Makinen converse in Tlingit.  The week-long Tlingit language immersion program ends Saturday.  (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Sealaska Heritage, and Sitka Native Education Program have been hosting the program, Lingit Language Immersion, which ends Saturday. 

Around 63 language speakers, teachers and learners from Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 have been working on activities such as traditional drum-making; performing plays and puppet shows based on Tlingit legends; honing their Tlingit pronunciation; and discussing the vocabulary and structure of the language.

The number of speakers gathered is significant, considering there are only about 100 speakers total, program organizer Heather Powell said in a press release.

Most of the activities have been held in the Mt. Edgecumbe High School student union building, which is festooned with colorful paper signs spelling out phases in Tlingit with English translations.

Language speakers have been paired with learners for most activities. On Thursday evening the group played a version of bingo called out entirely in the Tlingit language.

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# Jutta 2015-08-10 11:13
liked to be there!!! But no chance to learn and speak Tlingit in Germany
I love Sitka
regards from Jutta Kleinen, Karlsruhe, :-) Germany
from the other side of the world
 

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-18-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 10:30 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 108

Total statewide – 6,658

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 30 (20 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 26 (22 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 257.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 

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20 YEARS AGO
September 2000

Photo caption: First-grader Megan Polasky happily holds a large turnip as she and other first-graders from Baranof Elementary School harvest some of the vegetables they planted last spring as kindergartners behind the Russian Bishop’s House. Park Service Ranger Harvey Brandt, center, watches over the gardening project.

50 YEARS AGO
September 1970

The Sentinel adds its congratulations to the following persons listed on the Woman’s Club community calender: Earl E. Smith, Wallis George, Frank Williams, Robert Blankenship, and Frank O. Williams Sr., whose birthdays are today, and Ed and Monte Littlefield, whose anniversary is today.

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