Sealaska Heritage

LANGUAGE RESOURCES

LANGUAGE RESOURCES

The institute encourages students and teachers to use its online resources.


Sealaska Heritage Institute produces curriculum and other education tools through its Language Program and Education ProgramMore tools can be found on the education resources page.


Language Dictionaries, Workbooks and Databases

Tlingit Dictionary: Sealaska Heritage Institute's Dictionary of Tlingit is the product of years of documentation of the Tlingit language with assistance from fluent Elders. It's a must-have resource for language learners and for people who are interested in learning more about the Tlingit culture. This version is a searchable pdf. (Note: To jump to sections via the table of contents, click "view" "navigation panels" "bookmarks"). Hardcopy books are available for sale through the Sealaska Heritage Store.

Beginning Tlingit Workbook: Sealaska Heritage Institute's Beginning Tlingit Workbook teaches Tlingit words and concepts through imagery. The volume was written and compiled by Lance (̱X’unei) A. Twitchell, a member of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Southeast Regional Language Committee and assistant professor of Alaska Native languages at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). It is an extension of the landmark book Beginning Tlingit—which was edited by the late linguist Richard Dauenhauer and his wife, Nora Dauenhauer, a fluent Tlingit speaker and scholar, and published by SHI. The workbook is based entirely on the teaching methods and steps developed by the Dauenhauers, as well as many other contributors over the years, but it also incorporates some of the ways people today are documenting and teaching various parts of Tlingit grammar, especially verbs.  Hardcopy books are available for sale through the Sealaska Heritage Store.

Tsimshian Dictionary: Sealaska Heritage Institute's Dictionary of Shm'algyack is the product of years of documentation of the Tsimshian language with assistance from fluent Elders. It's a must-have resource for language learners and for people who are interested in learning more about the Tsimshian culture. This version is a searchable pdf.

Haida Dictionary: Sealaska Heritage Institute's Dictionary of Alaskan Haida is the product of years of documentation of the Haida language with assistance from fluent Elders. It's a must-have resource for language learners and for people who are interested in learning more about the Haida culture. This version is a searchable pdf. (Note: To jump to sections via the table of contents, click "view" "navigation panels" "bookmarks"). Hardcopy books are available for sale through the Sealaska Heritage Store.

Haida Phrasebook: The Alaskan Haida Phrasebook is the first book of its kind and the most comprehensive phrasebook to date for any Alaska Native language. It will be a great aid to new learners. The Alaskan Haida Phrasebook was compiled over a four-year period as part of SHI's ongoing Haida language project. The more than 4,000 sentences in this book cover some of the most common topics of Haida conversation, such as food, family, weather, health, traveling, fishing, working, music, and many others. It was written by Dr. Erma Lawrence, one of the few remaining fluent speakers of Alaskan Haida, and edited by linguist Dr. Jordan Lachler. Published by Sealaska Heritage Institute, 2010.

Let's Learn Language: Tlingit language use in everyday speech shown through the use of puppets. Ten lessons produced in 1969 by the Juneau Indian Studies Program. The speakers were Johnny Marks, a longtime contributor to SHI's programs, and Eva Marks. Digitized through a partnership betrween Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Alaska State Library.

Tlingit Verb Database (a searchable database of more than 575 Tlingit verbs)

575 Tlingit Verbs: The Paradigms (dissertation on Tlingit verbs by Keri Eggleston)

Tlingit Verb Paradigms (a component of above dissertation)

Clan Names (Eagle) (Audio by John Marks and June Pegues)

Clan Names (Raven) (Audio by John Marks and June Pegues)

 Tlingit Introduction Format   


Interactive Tools and Apps

Learning Tlingit App (this app helps to build skills in the Tlingit language. It contains hundreds of entries in more than 20 different categories all with accompanying audio for vocabulary and phrases. The app includes a podcast, which is also available online) (App for iPhone) (App for Android) (Web-based podcast)

Tlingit Language Games App (this app teaches the Tlingit words for ocean animals and birds through interactive games) (App for iPhone) (App for Android)

My House (learn the Tlingit phrases for common household items in an interactive environment. (Print word list)

Ocean Animals (learn the Tlingit words for Southeast Alaska critters in an interactive environment) (Print word list) (App for iPhone) (App for Android)

Move the Murrelet (learn Tlingit phrases such as above the boat and behind the boat in an interactive environment. (Print word list)

Birds (learn the Tlingit words for birds common to Southeast Alaska in an interactive environment) (Print word list) (App for iOS) (App for Android)

Bear Barometer (learn Tlingit phrases for weather in an interactive environment) (Print words)

Latseen Basketball (learn Tlingit words for basketball in an interactive environment) (Latseen Hoop Camps)

Classroom (learn the Tlingit words for things you would find in a classroom in an interactive environment) (Print word list)

Critters (learn the Tlingit words for Southeast Alaska critters in an interactive environment) (Print word list)

Héen Táak (learn the Tlingit words for salmon and other marine life in an interactive environment)

Tlingit Alphabet (see the Tlingit alphabet and hear the sounds)

Tlingit Alphabet Cards (see the Tlingit alphabet and hear the sounds (geared toward younger children). Hard copy flash cards and audio CD available through Sealaska Heritage)

Numbers  (learn Tlingit words for numbers in an interactive environment) (Print word list)

Shanyaak'utlaax (a Tlingit story written in Tlingit and produced by SHI) (Print pdf version)


Language Curricula

We have developed a number of curricula for instruction of Southeast Alaskan native languages, and encourage teachers to download them for use in class. Other curricula can be found in our education section.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Learning our Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Languages: Cycle A, Beginners 
    (Download)

 

‹Tlingit Language

  • Primary grades (intended for the primary grades, it can be easily adapted for higher grade levels)
     
  • K-12

 

Haida Language

 

Tsimshian Language

 

Language Development based on Literature


Posters and Cards

Beach creature posters

Numbers poster

Number cards

Basic colors poster

Complex colors poster

Tlingit Alphabet (print this pdf version for use as playing cards)

Tlingit Alphabet (print this pdf version for use in language classes)

Tlingit Valentine Phrases (this .pef offered here thanks to Roby Littlefield and the work of many students and speakers over a period of six years)

Crazy Questions (some assembly required)

Go Fish (Berry Cards) (some assembly required)

Word Rummy (some assembly required)


Other

Tlingit Invocation

 

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