Alaska’s spoken language diversity is rich and includes 20 Indigenous languages. Dena’ina has been spoken in Southcentral Alaska for at least 1,000 years. Dena’ina, like all Alaska Indigenous languages, was communicated orally until an alphabet was developed in the 1970s. Since then, many Dena’ina elders who speak at least one of the four Dena’ina dialects have worked closely with linguists to record the language for future generations to encourage a greater number of Dena’ina speakers. The museum’s Dena'ina Word of the Week video series celebrates the Dena’ina language.