Dena'ina Words Video Series

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.



Indigenous Place Names Project: from a signage project to a movement

Indigenous place names encompass our relationship with the land. For thousands of years, the Dena'ina peoples have stewarded and cared for this place. The Indigenous Place Names Project is a step towards recognizing and honoring the Dena'ina language, knowledge, and innovations in Alaska. This project is a partnership between the Anchorage Park Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage Museum, and Native Village of Eklutna tribal government. 



In Context: Teaching A Computer Alaska Native Languages

Words are complicated. In Yup'ik, a word like 'Qantarpaliyugtuten-qaa?' (Do you want to make a big bowl?) encompasses an entire sentence in English. These differences in language structure pose challenges not only for people, but computers as well. Join Lonny Alaskuk Strunk as he explains the attributes of Central Alaska Yup'ik and the processes and challenges involved in designing a parser to analyze Yup'ik words. In Context is a seasonal series of classes led by art, science, history or anthropology experts examining themes from the museum's exhibitions and collections.