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Anchorage 2020 Spring/Summer Mini-Language Intensive (Tentative)

May 25, 2020 – June 19, 2020 (Tentative) This year, in the early spring and summer, the WAYK team and members of the regional Unangam Tunuu team from the Pribilof and Aleutian islands will gather in Anchorage for a “mini” Language Intensive following the regional spring visits to Atka and St. Paul. As APIA (the… Read more »

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Anchorage Spring Visit 2020 (Tentative)

May 12, 2020 – May 24, 2020 (Tentative) As APIA (the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association) begins the first year of their new three-year language initiative with support from ANA (the Administration for Native Americans), the WAYK team returns to Anchorage for 10 days of sessions in the spring of 2020. This new project is a continuation… Read more »

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St. Paul Island Spring Visit 2020 (Tentative)

April 30, 2020 – May 12, 2020 (Tentative) In partnership with Aleut Community of St. Paul Island (ACSPI, supported by ANEP and CBSFA) and the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) the WAYK team returns to St. Paul Island for 1o days in the spring of 2020 accompanied by members of the Anchorage and Unalaska Unangam Tunuu teams!… Read more »

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Atka Spring Visit 2020 (Tentative)

April 19, 2020 – April 29, 2020 (Tentative) As APIA (the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association) begins the first year of their new three-year language initiative with support from ANA (the Administration for Native Americans), the WAYK team returns to Atka for 10 days of sessions in the spring of 2020. This new project is a continuation… Read more »

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Anchorage ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Training

February 24, 2020 – February 28, 2020 As APIA (the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association) begins the first year of their new three-year language initiative with support from ANA (the Administration for Native Americans), they have generously invited the WAYK team to Anchorage to attend a 5-day  ACTFL OPI workshop with members of the Unangam Tunuu regional team…. Read more »

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Anchorage Winter Visit 2019

December 23, 2019 – January 4, 2019 As APIA (the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association) begins the first year of their new three-year language initiative with support from ANA (the Administration for Native Americans), the WAYK team returns to Anchorage for 10 days of sessions in the winter of 2019. This new project is a continuation of… Read more »

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Atka Winter Visit 2019

December 12, 2019 – December 23, 2019 As APIA (the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association) begins the first year of their new three-year language initiative with support from ANA (the Administration for Native Americans), the WAYK team returns to Atka for 10 days of sessions in the winter of 2019. This new project is a continuation of… Read more »

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St. Paul Island Winter Visit 2019

November 26, 2019 – December 12, 2019 In partnership with Aleut Community of St. Paul Island (ACSPI, supported by ANEP and CBSFA) and the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) the WAYK team returns to St. Paul Island for 17 days in the winter of 2019 accompanied by members of the Anchorage and Unalaska Unangam Tunuu teams! St…. Read more »

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Kodiak Annual Visit 2019

October 19, 2019 – November 2, 2019 WAYK will return to Kodiak for another annual visit from October 19th-November 2nd, 2019. The WAYK team will visit with the Tamamta Liitukut language team in Kodiak, Alaska to support them at the beginning of the fourth year of their five-year project (supported by an ANA Native Language… Read more »

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What Makes You Full?

The “What makes you full?” activity is invaluable for a group that will be working closely for a period of time. Past intern Robyn introduced it to Evan and Susanna, and they introduced it to this year’s visiting team, who are here on St. Paul Island for the summer of 2017. What do we mean… Read more »

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Anchorage Spring Visit 2019

April 18 – May 2, 2019 As APIA (the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association) continues their ongoing Unangam Tunuu revitalization project,  members of the WAYK team will travel to Anchorage for 14 days of sessions in the spring of 2019. The WAYK team will continue to work with the Niiĝuĝim Tunuu and Qawalangim Tunuu language teams based in Anchorage… Read more »

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Why Non-Indigenous Alaskans Need to Care about Indigenous Languages

Note from Myles: This post is directed towards Alaskan readers of the WAYK blog.  In 2014, 20 Indigenous languages were made official languages of the State of Alaska. For many Indigenous speakers and learners, this was an important shift in Alaska’s history. This act is just a small piece of a larger movement that is… Read more »

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The Unangam Tunuu Speaking Listening Teaching Team

I would like to give a shout out to the Unangam Tunuu Speaking Listening Teaching Team (UTSLT) on St. Paul Island. 2017 was WAYK’s third year partnering with the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, and I was brought here to be patient and supportive student for the UTSLT members. As a fellow Unangax̂, and… Read more »

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The Best Part of My WAYK Experience

When I sat down to write my blog reflecting on the summer of 2016, I knew it would be a difficult blog to write. I have never been someone who had just one favorite thing—my favorite color depended on my mood and my favorite books could probably be a library in and of themselves. So,… Read more »

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What it’s like to spend the summer with WAYK

One way to describe a summer with WAYK is that it provides the on-the-ground work experience that should be part of any training in language revitalization and documentation. In this blog I’ll describe it in these terms, mainly by contrasting it with the only other “official” training I’ve had, a masters degree at SOAS in… Read more »

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What it is Like To Be an Intern For WAYK

With any intensive experience, there will be moments that really appeal to you and others that probably appeal to you less so. As a reflection of my time here this summer, and hopefully as some insight to interns that hope to apply for the WAYK Summer Intensive in the future, I hoped to share some… Read more »

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Anchorage Winter Visit 2018

December 21, 2018 – January 5, 2019 As APIA (the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association) continues their ongoing Unangam Tunuu revitalization project,  members of the Anchorage Unangam Tunuu team will travel with WAYK to St. Paul Island and Atka and return to Anchorage for 10 days of sessions in the winter of 2018. The WAYK team will continue to work… Read more »

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What it’s like to be a WAYK summer intern

I joined WAYK for the 2017 Summer Language Intensive on St. Paul Island, Alaska, because I wanted to learn more about the techniques involved and to learn more about approaches to Indigenous language revitalization. Visiting a remote island in the Bering Sea and its flora and fauna was a wonderful perk, too. After the summer… Read more »

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What It’s Like to Intern With Where Are Your Keys?

When you work with Where Are Your Keys, a common question you encounter is “What do you actually do?” It’s a great question and I love to talk about my WAYK experience, but it is still also a tricky question to answer. The reason is that, in a lot of ways, to understand what we… Read more »

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Atka Winter Visit 2018

December 9, 2018 – December 20, 2018 As APIA (the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association) continues their ongoing Unangam Tunuu revitalization project, the WAYK team returns to Atka for 10 days of sessions in the winter of 2018, accompanied by members of the Anchorage Unangam Tunuu team! During this visit, the WAYK team will provide additional training and support for members… Read more »