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Sharing the Dena'ina Language

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The Alaska Office of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center hosted a seminar with the Dena’ina Language Institute in 2010 at the Anchorage Museum. Elders Helen Dick and Gladys Evanoff shared their knowledge about Dena'ina heritage objects in the Smithsonian collections, using the objects as tools to teach the Dena'ina Athabascan language. They worked with language learners Karen Evanoff, Aaron Leggett and Michelle Ravenmoon and with linguists James Kari and D. Roy Mitchell to script and record new language learning videos, including the three videos presented here. Links to the museum objects discussed are included below. 

Tags: Dena'ina, Athabascan, Indigenous, language, Alaska Native, dog pack, fire bag, snowshoes, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center in Alaska

Teaching Dena'ina Athabascan

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Sharing the Dena'ina Language (1 of 3): Dog Pack

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Fire bag

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Sharing the Dena'ina Language (2 of 3): Fire Bag

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Dog pack

National Museum of the American Indian

Sharing the Dena'ina Language (3 of 3): Snowshoes

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska

Snowshoes

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.