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Brief History

One of the first modern Mentor-Apprentice Programs (also known as Master-Apprentice) was started in California through the Native California Network, in 1993. These programs are especially useful when speakers of a language are elderly, and so can concentrate on transmitting their knowledge to a 1-3 learners who are dedicated to learning and teaching this language.

Resources for beginning a Master-Apprentice Program

How to Keep Your Language Alive by Leanne Hinton, Matt Vera, and Nancy Steele

BC Master-Apprentice Handbook by First People's Cultural Council

Sealaska Heritage Mentor-Apprentice Handbook

Iḷisaġvik College has a Iñupiaq Mentor-Apprentice Program open to North Slope residents.

Doyon Foundation has a one-year Mentor-Apprentice Program open to the ten languages of the Doyon Region. 

Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak is providing a Mentor-Apprentice program to support their immersion program for Alutiiq language.

Master-Apprentice Programs

Sealaska Heritage is sponsoring the Haa Shuká Community Language Learning Project, a new program designed to help revitalize the languages of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian in four Southeast Alaska communities.

UAF Master-Apprentice

University of Alaska - Fairbanks has a Master-Apprentice course for anyone who has taken an elementary Alaska Native language class.


There are other, informal Master-Apprentice programs around Alaska, including for Iñupiaq and Gwich'in.

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