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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
Alutiiq Language Club
Sun'aq Tribe's Conference Room
12:00-1:00 pm
Family Language Night
Near Island 5:00-6:30 pm

Elders Review & Lesson Plan Session
Alutiiq Museum, Downstairs Learning Center
11:00-12:15 pm











      Weekly Events


Alutiiq Language Club

Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. at Sun'aq Tribal Conference Room in Kodiak

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 Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak meeting room 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. No invitation is needed to participate in Language Club. 


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 Review & Lesson Plan Session

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

Alutiiq Elders from around Kodiak Island meet each week with Alutiiq language instructors and learners 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, but be prepared for sustained Alutiiq conversation, as total immersion in Alutiiq is the goal of this session. 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. For more information, contact Marya and Raissa at 907-512-5995. 


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 come and 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. The current session is held Wednesdays (3-5), and Fridays (2-4) and the program will run from October 3rd to November 19th 2014.


Dig Afognak

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

Dig Afognak camp is a cultural education program for our native youth that is geared towards those from Kodiak and our surrounding villages. In addition to revitalizing our Alutiiq culture, ensuring our values and language is a main focus, we take this opportunity to guide our native youth into making positive life choices and giving them the tools necessary to develop and maintain healthy relationships. With each component of our youth camp, we realize it would not be possible without the participation of our respected Elders. We take pride in our camp and approach each year with an understanding of how important it is to keep continuity in the services we provide to our future generation of leaders.
For more information, contact Nancy Nelson at Native Village of Afognak.

If you would like to register, click here.

Kodiak High School (KHS) Alutiiq Language Classes

(Registration required)

Piloted in January 2011 as a one semester course taught four days a week, the KHS Alutiiq Language classes have expanded to full year courses, 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.


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.


      Special 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.