Number of Alutiiq speakers on the rise

The number of Alutiiq speakers in Kodiak is on the rise.


by Associated Press

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.

Add a comment


Comment: 1000 Characters Left

Coastal Television | AK News, Weather and Sports | and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.