Aang! Amilaayam Tunuu ilan Nathaniel asax̂takuq. Unangam Tunuu ilan Tanĝaaĝix̂ asax̂takuq. I am from Anchorage, Alaska but I live in Atka, Alaska. I go to Yakov E. Netsvetov School. I have always wanted to talk with my elders in Unangax̂. I was told about the Atka Summer Intensive by my Godmother, Crystal Dushkin. She has worked with WAYK for several years, and she asked me and a few other teenagers if we were interested in participating in the WAYK Summer Intensive program. We all said yes. I thought it would be pretty fun and useful.
One thing I really liked was Community Language Night. Community Language Night is a time every Thursday night for the community to get together and speak in our language and play games like 1, 2, 3 Ukux̂taax̂t, and Go Fish in Unangax̂. There is a Go Fish game for beginners and another one for fluent speakers of the language. I personally like it because we get to show the elders what we work on in the language, and they are proud of us youth for keeping the language alive.
Post authored by Nathaniel, a participant in WAYK’s 2016 Summer Intensive and a student at the Yakov E. Netsvetov School in Atka, AK.