Taken from the Doyon, Limited Newsletter:



The Alaska Native Heritage Center will host two one-week Athabascan language learning gatherings in Anchorage August 3 – 8 and August 11 – 16. The gatherings will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include materials and meals for participants. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and early registration is encouraged.

The language workshops are funded by Doyon, Limited’s Athabascan language revitalization initiative, allowing the Alaska Native Heritage Center to offer the events for free to individuals committed to learning and practicing the language.

Each gathering will host 30 – 40 language learners and will include games and hands-on activities. The events will utilize various learning style tools such as “Where are your KEYS?” designed to instruct students in an interactive and supportive learning environment. Instructors will teach participants with assistance from attending Elders who willingly offer their time and guidance.

The first gathering, held August 3 – 8, will focus on the Denaakk’e Koyukon Athabascan language, which is mainly spoken along the Koyukuk and middle Yukon River areas of Alaska. Bill and Madeline Williams of Hughes will instruct Denaakk’e language learners.

The second gathering, Dinzhii Zhuh K’yaa Week, will take place August 11 – 16 and will feature the Gwich’in Athabascan language, with instructors Rochelle Adams of Fort Yukon, and Trimble Gilbert and Allan Hayton of Arctic Village facilitating. The Gwich’in Athabascan language is mainly spoken by people in the northeast area of Alaska, as well as in the Northwest and Yukon Territories of Canada.

Learn more about the upcoming gatherings or register by contacting Dewey Kk’oleyoHoffman, Alaska Native Heritage Center development manager, at dhoffman or 907-330-8014. For more information about the Alaska Native Heritage Center, visit www.alaskanative.net.

REGISTER Denaakk’e Week @ ANHC AUG 3-8 2014.pdf

REGISTER Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa Week @ ANHC 11-16 2014.pdf