Tamamta Liitukut Kodiak Alutiiq Language Project
Our end goal is to develop a culturally-relevant Kodiak Alutiiq immersion language nest for preschool-aged children with outreach services for all age groups to sustain Alutiiq as a living language.
In addition to creating a new Alutiiq Language Nest to round out the Kodiak Alutiiq language education services available, this project will develop a community engagement and recruitment campaign, strengthen elementary and middle school language outreach, and provide supportive services for high school and college level Alutiiq language students to promote Alutiiq conversation among families.
Kodiak language learners and teachers will work with the Old Harbor and Port Lions preschool and language teachers, supporting and developing their language teaching and curriculum development skills as well.
The Kodiak Alutiiq Language movement has been working toward this goal for a long time. The most recent ANA language grant, through the Native Village of Afognak, created a preschool curriculum, and prepared many learners to be teachers of preschool, elementary, middle and high school, as well as college classes.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the elders, learners, and organizations that have collaborated over the past thirty years of language revitalization efforts on Kodiak Island.
This project is intended to bridge some of our youngest Alutiiq community members with our elders.
It is an honor to have been selected to carry out our plans and to bring Alutiiq language into daily use by young children again.
Candace ‘Cutmen’ Branson
Tamamta Liitukut Project Coordinator
Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak
312 W Marine Way
Kodiak Alaska 99615