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Katurlita! - Let's All Gather

Weekly Alutiiq Language Opportunities in Kodiak


Join other Alutiiq language learners and fluent speakers to practice the Alutiiq language at the weekly gatherings listed on the Calendar chart below, drop-ins welcome. Find out how you can get more involved by participating in these events or other learning opportunities listed after this chart.

Together we are building a healthy community through our language...

If you are not in Kodiak, seek out other learners and fluent speakers to start gathering in your community
to practice and celebrate the Alutiiq language.


Cisllaat - Calendar

Pekyun Aipi'in Pinga'i'in Staami'in Tallimi'in Maqineq Agayuneq
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Family Language Night
UAF Fisheries Research Bldg
118 Trident way
Near Island 5:00-6:30 pm

Elders Review & Lesson Plan Session
Alutiiq Museum, NOK Conference Room 
11:00-12:15 pm












       Weekly Events

Family Language Night

Wednesday Nights from 5:00-6:30 pm - Fishery Industrial Technology Center (118 Trident Way, Kodiak)

Families gather to make soup and learn Alutiiq language in a fun and interactive envrionment. This gathering is sponsored by a grant from the Administration for Native Americans, and hosted by the Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak, with support from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. For more information, follow us on Facebook! 


Elders Session

Friday, 11:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. at the Alutiiq Museum

Alutiiq Elders meet each week to review teaching resources, practice lesson content, and edit songs, stories and other instructional resources. All learners and speakers are welcome to sit in on the discussions. Please call the Alutiiq Museum for up to date information at (844) 425-8844.


       Other Opportunities

Alutiit'stun Niuwawik - A Place to Speak Alutiiq

215 Mission Road, Suite 213, Kodiak, AK 99615

The Alutiiq Language Nest is operated by the Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak and sponsored by a grant from the Administration for Native Americans. The Language nest operates Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8-12 for kids age 3-5, and is also open to younger kids who are acommpanied by a cargiver. Registration is required. Guests are welcome with prior notice to the teachers. Click here to learn how to register, or for more information, contact Marya and Raissa at 907-512-5995. 


Kodiak College (KoC) Alutiiq Language Courses 

(Registration required) 

UAA-Kodiak College is now offering introductory courses in the Alutiiq Language that will lead to a Certificate or AA Degree in Alutiiq Studies. Visit Kodiak College's website to verify schedules and to register for Alutiiq 101, Alutiiq 102, and an Alutiiq Orthography class. You can also call the Alutiiq Studies program at (907) 486-1276 for more information.


Afognak After School Program

Hosted by the Native Village of Afognak 

Scheduled for each fall and spring and available to local Native students ages 7-10 years old, to participate in the After School Alutiiq Language Program (“Uswillraraat Qipayaat”). Students will learn about the Alutiiq culture and learn to speak the Alutiiq language, taught by local Alutiiq language teacher Susan Malutin. Please call Denise Malutin at 486-6357 for more information to sign up at Native Village of Afognak


Dig Afognak

Summer Camp, June-August on Afognak Island (Registration required)

Dig Afognak camp is a cultural education program that is geared toward youth. A central focus of camp is Alutiiq culture, values, and language. Dig Afognak is a place where young people bond through cultural activities and engagement. 
For more information, contact Nancy Nelson at Native Village of Afognak.

If you would like to register, click here.


Kodiak High School Language Class

(Registration required)

KHS Alutiiq Language classes are a full-year World Language class, also offered for dual credit through the Kodiak College. We offer year-long instruction in Alutiiq I and Alutiiq II for high school students. The classes are taught by Alutiiq Language Instructor, Candace Branson with support from a group of fluent Alutiiq Elders and team of other adult learners. Questions about the Kodiak High School Class or resources shared from the class can be addressed to Candace Branson at (907) 486-4449 or cmbranson@sunaq.org.



Alutiiq Language Club - This gathering is currently not meeting. 

Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. at Alutiit'stun Niuwawik, Alutiiq Language Nest, upstairs from the Alutiiq Museum 215 Mission Road, Kodiak AK 

The Alutiiq Language Club has been meeting since 2003. It is an informal group of learners and Elders who meet every week on Wednesday at noon in the Language Nest in downtown Kodiak.  All levels of learners and speakers are welcome to attend.  To find out more, contact the Alutiiq Museum at (844) 425-8844, or April Laktonen Counceller. All are welcome at Language Club. 

 Alutiiq Language Meetings

New Words Council - Nuta'at Niugnelistet

The Nuta’at Niugnelistet (New Word Makers), also known as the Alutiiq New Words Council (NWC) has monthly or bimonthly since 2007 to develop new modern terms in the Kodiak Alutiiq language. It is made up of fluent Elder and learner participants. To learn more about the NWC, contact the Alutiiq Museum at (844) 425-8844, or email their Executive Director April Laktonen Counceller.


Qik’rtarmiut Alutiit Regional Language Advisory Committee

The Qik’rtarmiut Alutiit (Alutiiq People of the Island) Regional Language Advisory Committee (known as the “Qik Committee”) started in 2003, and is a grassroots committee made up of representatives from island-wide tribes and organizations, as well as interested Elders and other individuals. The committee meets every few months to guide projects in the language revitalization movement and inform members of project updates and events. To get on the agenda for the next Qik Committee meeting, or to be signed up to the mailing list for meeting announcements, call the Alutiiq Museum at (844) 425-8844 or e-mail April Laktonen Counceller.




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.