Mili-kuk, Mali-llu, cali Qunukamken Qbook is available in the iTunes store
Native Village of Afognak (NVA) has a new App, powered by KIWA Media in the iTunes store available to iPad users, and it’s free! We are modernizing our Alutiiq teaching techniques to engage learners in the 21st century.
KIWA Media is a New Zealand based digital media company that takes stories, lesson plans, songs, endangered languages and more into an interactive learning environment. Rhonda Kite, the inventor of KIWA Books and owner of KIWA Media and her assistant Zohar Marshall recently visited our language program in Kodiak and is working closely with us to create a series of lesson plans, songs, and KIWA Books in Alutiiq.
A KIWA Book brings stories to life through interactive animations while combining a narrator's voice and touchable text synchronized to highlight, sound out, or spell when words are swiped, touched or double tapped. Users can record themselves reading the story practicing the language and even color in the illustrations.
This was funded through the Kodiak Alutiiq (Qik'rtarmiut) Teacher Mentorship Project, from the Administration for Native Americans and Afognak Native Corporation.
Alisha Drabek, a teacher through this project was chosen to be our Alutiiq narrator. We have been working hard with our fluent Elders weekly at NVA to translate the Milly, Molly and I Love You (Mili-kuk, Mali-llu, cali Qunukamken) story into Alutiiq. It is a great tool for hearing the language spoken and learning the language.
Search 'Native Village of Afognak' in the App store today to find Mil-kuk, Mali-llu, cal Qunukamken!
For more information, contact Kari Sherod, Alutiiq Language Program Manager at Native Village of Afognak.
Where Are Your Keys Training
On October 4th and 5th, the Native Village of Afognak Language Program sponsored the second installment of the “Where Are Your Keys” training at the Kodiak College.
This was funded through the Kodiak Alutiiq (Qik'rtarmiut) Teacher Mentorship Project, from the Administration for Native Americans and Afognak Native Corporation, administrated by Native Village of Afognak in partnership with Native Village of Port Lions and the Alutiiq Museum. April Charlo and Evan Gardner returned as the trainers. The training was open to the community and participants ranged from fluent speakers to new learners. Many of the participants of the October training had participated in the first training in March and were able to further develop the language buckets and rides that had begun in the first training.
Each day began with introductions of the participants and the trainers. After the introductions, the group participated in an Alutiiq song and dance as an icebreaker. The WAYK method was reviewed by April and Evan, and a group agreement list was created to ensure the method was followed and that every player was respectful of both the language and one another. In the afternoon, language buckets were set up around the room. The buckets were a limited size and started with a new learners bucket and ended with a “meadow” where the most fluent speakers gathered. Each day ended with a summary of the day and a chance for each participant to share their perspective of the day.
If you are interested in attending an Alutiiq WAYK training, please contact Lynda, the Alutiiq Language Program Assistant at Native Village of Afognak.
Alutiiq Learner News
We will periodically post updates on Alutiiq Language education activities and products here. Check back for the latest news on developing projects to support the Kodiak Alutiiq Language. You can also visit the Alutiiq Learners Facebook page for information on upcoming events.
Consortium Project Funded for Alutiiq Language Teacher Mentorship
Upon successful completion of an Alaska Humanities Forum grant, we proudly announced award of an Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Native Language Grant for a consortium project between Native Village of Afognak, Native Village of Port Lions, and the Alutiiq Museum. This project started October 2011 and is supporting ongoing contributions to this website and mentorship of Alutiiq Learner Teachers.
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.