- First Words
Alutiiq Language K-5 Elementary
All published Alutiiq language materials on this webpage are for educational usage. We would be happy to share our curriculum set with you upon request, however, we ask that you cover the cost of shipping. You will find audio links for lesson vocabulary in both the Northern and Southern Kodiak Alutiiq styles to support usage of language materials and activities. We plan to provide a password protected online discussion board [COMING SOON] for instructors and learners to post comments and suggestions for revision or expanded usage of vocabulary and resources, as they serve as living documents. Until this site feature is available, please send in your suggestions or inquiries for your own set of the curriculum to Kari Sherod, Afognak Alutiiq Language Manager or call her at 907-486-6357. We hope educators will take advantage of this opportunity to share insights and recommendations so we can continue to improve these resources.
Kodiak Alutiiq Elementary Language Curriculum Workbook
Level I & II: 40 lessons, with Alutiiq audio files
Kodiak Alutiiq Thematic Curriculum Units
6 units targeted at Kindergarden through 5th grade
Kodiak Alutiiq Language Storybooks
10 Books with read-aloud Alutiiq audio files
In 2008, NVA received a grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to publish a Kodiak Alutiiq Language Curriculum for students in preschool through 5th grade, translating materials originally developed by neighboring Chugach Sugpiaq/Alutiiq into both Northern and Southern style Kodiak Alutiiq. Through this one-year Native Language Preservation & Maintenance Planning Grant, NVA implemented our Kodiak Alutiiq Curriculum Project in partnership with Chugachmiut, Alutiiq Museum, Kodiak Island Borough School District, Native Educators of the Alutiiq Region, KMXT Radio Station, with support from many other Kodiak Native organizations.
Through this project, we accomplished our objective to develop an early childhood Alutiiq language curriculum that reflects the Kodiak Alutiiq community values and traditions and provides a framework for sharing our values and traditions within schools and tribal education programs in the Kodiak Archipelago. As our long-term goal is to significantly increase the number of young Alutiiq speakers, we designed our project's objective to do just that: to increase access to Alutiiq language through curriculum and instructional resources, resulting in at least 4 organizations using the new Kodiak Alutiiq curriculum in their classes. We are pleased to report that distribution of our curriculum resources is anticipated to exceed these expectations and provide a solid starting point for expansion of Alutiiq language instruction efforts.
www.alutiiqlanguage.org is coordinated by Native Village of Afognak with support from the Alaska Humanities Forum, Administration for Native Americans, Native Village of Port Lions, Afognak Native Corporation, Koniag, and the Alutiiq Museum.