CHECKING IT OUT – Fia Turczynewycz, a visitor from Ohio, walks her dog,  Mani, past the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center this morning. Tlingit master carver Tommy Joseph’s newly completed yellow cedar Waas’go pole, pictured in the background, was moved out of the park’s carving shed Thursday to make room for Joseph’s latest project – carving a Tlingit canoe with the aid of an apprentice. Joseph’s Waas’go pole is the third version of the Haida pole in the past century – a reproduction of a reproduction made in the 1930s by George Benson, which is placed inside the visitor center. Rangers are working on approval for a location along the park’s trail system for the new pole. (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 9-17-21)

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 10:47 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 875

Total statewide – 96,002

Total (cumulative) deaths – 454

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 2,207

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 14 new COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 187.73 per 100,000 population. Alert status will be high until the rate per thousand is below 100. Case statistics are as of Thursday.

New cases in Sitka – 5

Cases in last 7 days – 16

Cumulative Sitka cases – 946

Positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 9/10/21 – 1,090

Deceased (cumulative) – 3

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Friday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 6,132 (83.03%)

Fully vaccinated – 5,991 (81.12%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 89.85 percent of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at: https://cityofsitka.org

 

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20 YEARS AGO
September 2001

Alaska Pacific Bank has opened an account for donations to be directed to the families of the World Trade Center attack of Sept. 11. The account has been opened with a $2,000 contribution from the bank and an anonymous donor.

50 YEARS AGO
September 1971

At the Sitka Historical Society’s meeting Sunday, Mrs. Esther Billman of Sheldon Jackson College presented a “surprise package” of recent donations to the Sheldon Jackson Museum by Mr. Hugh Brady, youngest son of former Territorial Gov. John Brady.

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