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Number of Alutiiq speakers on the rise
The number of Alutiiq speakers in Kodiak is on the rise.
KODIAK- The number of Alutiiq speakers in Kodiak is on the rise.
Leaders of an effort to revitalize the language say their efforts are paying off.
Alutiiq was spoken for centuries until its decline began after Western contact.
Alutiiq Museum executive director Alisa Drabek says there are now 33 elders who speak Alutiiq as a first language and up to 13 who speak it as a second language.
There's also been an increase in the number of youth taking classes to be novice speakers.
Drabek says they are not yet growing as many young fluent speakers, but they are growing the next generation of teachers.