LANGUAGE PROGRAM

Ketchikan Indian Community is going into our sixth year of work on Language Revitalization.  In 2008 Tribal Council passed resolution # KIC-08-38 authorizing our Cultural Heritage and Academic Services to

redesign the cultural arts program to place an emphasis on the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages. All three of our languages are on the extinction list.  Presently, there are only three fluent speaking Elders on this Island willing to teach our languages.  KIC Language Program has been on a mission to document, analyze, and teach our languages over these past five years.  We have had a lot of help from our Elders, insightful educators, and the support of KIC Tribal Council.  We must reclaim our traditional languages.  Our languages are the one thing that identifies us as Tsimshian, Tlingit, and Haida people. We must all work together to save them.

Mission: KIC Education and Language programs work in partnership with our elders, educators, and leaders, as well as other allies, to provide educational and language programs for all tribal members. We complete this work acknowledging át awoonéi, yahkwdáng and hloadm, in order to develop tribal members’ individual leadership capacity and to promote tribal self-determination.

 

Vision: KIC will revitalize and reclaim the Lingít, Xaad Kíl, and Shmˈalgyax languages for use by our tribal families at home and in the community.

 

Tlingit Language Mentor, Captain Joseph Thomas, Tlingit Language Apprentice, Gabriella Daniels, and young student Tlingit Language Mentor, Captain Joseph Thomas, teaching Tlingit Language at KIC  
Tlingit Language Mentor, Captain Joseph Thomas, Tlingit Language Apprentice, Gabriella Daniels, and young student.

Tlingit Language Mentor, Captain Joseph Thomas,

teaching Tlingit Language at KIC.

 

Language Program Services

Teacher Preparation

In 2008, KIC committed itself to reversing the trend of language loss by refocusing the work of the cultural programs staff to develop a language program. Since then, language staff has been singularly focused on strengthening their speaking skills towards fluency. The mentor-apprenticeship model is at the center of their efforts, pairing staff with fluent speaking elders. Simultaneously, KIC is developing an assessment tool that measures the apprentices’ progress and can be used in the classroom by teachers.

KIC Haida Language class, January 2013 Instructor: Skil Jaade /  Linda Schrack Tsimshian Language class, February 2013  Instructor:   Terri Burr

KIC Haida Language class, January 2013

 Instructor: Skil Jaade /  Linda Schrack

Tsimshian Language class, February 2013

Instructor:  Terri Burr

 

Language Classes

Language staff teaches introductory and beginning level conversational language classes to the general public.  In 2012 Language Program provided language instruction to over 90 dedicated students.  Captain Joseph Thomas is the Instructor for the Tlingit classes, Terri Burr teaches the Tsimshian classes, and Linda Schrack teaches the Haida classes.

Haida Language Mentor, Tsˈinii Claude Jones, Old Massette, BC Tsimshian Language in Barbara Pearce’s Cultural Arts class at Ketchikan High School, January 2013 Tsimshian Language at Tongass School of Arts and Science   Instructor:  Terri Burr

Haida Language Mentor

Tsˈinii Claude Jones

Old Massette, BC

Tsimshian Language in Barbara Pearce’s

Cultural Arts class at Ketchikan High School

January 2013

Tsimshian Language at

Tongass School of Arts and Science           

Instructor:  Terri Burr

 

Grant Projects

ANA Language

KIC received a grant in 2010 from the Administration for Native Americans.  This grant ended in 2012 and was titled “Reversing Language Loss in Southeast Alaska:  Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian.  This grant project helped produce a critical language grammar guide for all three languages.  The bulk of the work on this project was carried out by our dedicate fluent speaking Elders.  Below you will find a matrix which will allow you to listen to audio files from this project.  We are thankful for the financial support we received from the ANA. 

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

We were awarded this mini-grant in July of 2012.  This grant is for upgrading our old VHS and cassette tapes.  We sent 70 cassettes and 27 VHS tapes to Preservation Technologies in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.  We have been receiving a lot of assistance from our own KIC Information Technology Director, Rod Short.  It is our ultimate intention to make most of these archival recording available to everyone.  Our teaching staff will be incorporating these recordings into our language classes.  From this little mini-grant, we are making far reaching plans to give back to our people.  Some of these recordings include contributions from:  Esther Shea, Tillie Kushnik, Walter Williams,  Martha Denny, Tom Abbott, Eva Ketah, Evelyn Edenso, Leslie Brendible, Sr., Flora Mather, Alfred Eaton, Lillian Buchert, Conrad Mather, Solomon Guthrie, Phyllis Almquist, Robert & Nora Cogo, Vesta Johnston, Grace Wilson, Marcia Speeck, and Henry Gedis.

Download the Common Framework for Language Proficiency standards, curriculum, and supplementary resources:

**Audio files are zipped.  Download them to your computer and unzip them.  

Level Standards Curriculum   Supplements

Lingít

Novice

   

Audio

Audio #2

Classroom Resources

Xaad Kíl

Novice

   

Audio

Audio #2

 

Shm'algyax Novice

   

Audio

Audio #2

 

Lingít

Beginner

    Coming Soon  

Xaad Kil

Beginner

    Coming Soon  

Shm'algyax

Beginner

    Coming Soon  

Lingít

Intermediate

    Coming Soon  

Xaad Kíl

Intermediate

    Coming Soon  
Shm'algyax Intermediate     Coming Soon  

News and Announcements

Tlighit Language Class

April 8th-19th 6-8pm

615 Stedman Street

Tsimshian Reading and Writing Class

June 4th, 6th, 11th, and 13th

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Pre-requisite:

60 hours of Tsimshian Language Class

Contact Us

Location: 615 Stedman St.

Hours: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm (M-F)

Phone: 907-228-9387

Fax: 800-591-012

Translations

Click here to listen to translations from english to HAIDA, TLINGIT, and TSIMSHIAN.