This summer five WAYK players, including 3 WAYK interns, and members of the regional Unangam Tunuu core team will travel to Atka to work with a team of local speakers and youths, organized by Crystal Dushkin. The primary goal of the Summer Intensive (May 30th-August 15th) will be increased fluency for all program participants, through regular and frequent immersion visits with fluent speakers. Additionally, all participants will be trained in the fundamentals of WAYK, and will help to develop and document language lessons based on our immersion sessions.
This summer program represents the next phase of our long-term collaboration with the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association and the communities throughout the region. Support for this project will be provided by The Aleut Corporation, The Aleut Foundation, the Administration for Native Americans, as well as the Atka IRA, and the Aleutian Region School District.