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 19:13
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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AK COVID-19

At a Glance

(updated 9-28-22)

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 12:15 pm Wednesday, September 28.

New cases as of Wednesday: 546

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 282,928

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,329

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,955

Case Rate per 100,000 – 74.91

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "High.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Case Rate per 100,000 – 117.30

Cases in last 7 days – 10

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,358

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 7

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.

 

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