Mentorship

Weekend Passport: Indigenous Alaskans Try To Save Their Language

By Julian Hayda and Jerome McDonnell

January 5, 2018 – Like many indigenous languages of North America, Alaska’s Alutiiq was marginalized almost out of existence.

When Chicago film editor Karen Weinberg went to Kodiak Island in 2012 to teach a weeklong seminar on film production, she was floored by how large the struggle to save Alutiiq was. In her directorial debut, Weinberg spent five years creating Keep Talking, a documentary about Alutiiqs’ effort to reverse years of language erasure. Only 40 elders still know the language, but an enthusiastic young generation is doing their best to learn and preserve it — with a lot of surprises along the way.

FULL ARTICLE: Weekend Passport: Indigenous Alaskans Try To Save Their Language. (2018). WBEZ. Retrieved 29 January 2018.

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