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Language Revitalization involves developing programs such as immersion schools, language nests, master-apprentice programs, and more. 

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Qikiqtaġruk (Kotzebue)

Iḷisaqativut

Iḷisaqativut is a two-week Iñupiaq language intensive, August 4 - 17, 2019 in Qikiqtaġruk (Kotzebue).

The first Iḷisaqativut was held in May 2017 in Utqiaġvik, and the second in June 2018 in Siqnasuaq (Nome).

 

Iḷisaqativut offers an opportunity to learn Iñupiaq in a dedicated space.

We pool together our language resources to enhance accessibility for aspiring speakers. Many second-language speakers have spent years picking up a little here, a little there, working with fluent speakers when we can, paying out of our own pockets for college courses, gathering resources as we find them. Iḷisaqativut is driven by the philosophy that learning Iñupiaq should be no harder than learning Spanish or French.

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Past Events

Honolulu, Hawai'i

International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC)

​The 6th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC), Connecting Communities, Languages & Technology, will be held February 28-March 3, 2019, at the Hawaiʻi Imin International Conference Center on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The 6th ICLDC is hosted by the Department of Linguistics and the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is generously supported with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Siqnasuaq, Alaska

Alaska Anthropological Association

The call for Individual Papers and Posters at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association in Nome is now open. Please use the submission form for paper or poster presentations below. The deadline to submit a paper or poster abstract is January 1, 2019. 

Qikiqtaġruk (Kotzebue)

Kipiġniutit Iñupiuraallanikun

January 23-34, 2019

We are a collective who are passionate about our language, people and communities and are committed to helping our people thrive for generations to come. There are many who have come before us in this work, to perpetuate language, facilitate convenings, create materials and curriculum, and more. We honor this work and offer a continuation of these long standing efforts in drawing us all together for long-term planning, and the long-term health and vitality of our language, for millennia to come.

 

In May of 2018, the Iñupiaq/Inupiaq team at the UAF Alaska Native Language Revitalization Institute, in accordance with prior longstanding conversations by community members, identified the need to come together as one. As such, we as a collective are calling for a Summit, the first of its kind take place in Qikiqtaġruk (Kotzebue) in January of 2019 .

Fairbanks, AK

Alaska Native Language Revitalization Institute​

May 21 - May 24

Participants will work in teams on language revitalization strategies for nine AK Native
languages. limited travel scholarships and travel support are available. You can email Sandra Kowalski with questions or call 907-474-7089.

Smith River, California

Dene (Athabaskan) Language Conference

May 31 - June 2, 2018

For this year's conference is focusing on stories, including creation stories, traditional stories, and historical stories. Stories capture unique cultural practices, beliefs and linguistic information. Access to stories is changing as communities create language materials and curriculum in a variety of mediums and historical, ethnographic, and linguistic work continues to be digitized. 

Abstract Submission by April 6th to pyuwa.bommelyn@tolowa.com, Notification of acceptance by April 20th, 2018.

Anchorage, AK

Alaska Federation of Natives

October 18-20

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