July 21, 2011 |

Sealaska creates Tlingit language tools

Sealaska Heritage Institute has released flash cards, an audio CD and an online interactive tool designed to teach the Tlingit alphabet to children.

Students using the online tool will be able to scroll through the images, see the Tlingit text and hear how the characters and words sound in Tlingit. The tool is available at www.sealaskaheritage.org in the language resources section.

The institute is distributing flash card sets and CDs to more than a dozen teachers with Tlingit language programs in Southeast Alaska.

The project was sponsored by SHI as part of its mission to perpetuate Native languages. Funding for the preparation and distribution was provided by the Alaska Humanities Forum. The Tlingit words were edited by Linda Belarde and Katrina Hotch and reviewed by traditional scholar Dr. Walter Soboleff, who died in May.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private, nonprofit created to administer cultural and educational programs for Sealaska Corporation.