By Alice Taff, Research Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages
This Fall the Alaska Native Languages program held an event at the UAS Rec Center to honor Woosh een áyá yoo xhʼatudli.átk Tlingit Conversation Documentation Project participants and introduce the audience to the project website. Seventy-two people attended and 97 individuals worked on the project. Principal project investigator Alice Taff gave a tour of the website. Chancellor John Pugh distributed lapel pins (donated by Huna Totem Corp.) and certificates to attending project participants, noting each person’s specific contributions. Attendees then enjoyed a Tlingit meal prepared by Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 70 and accessed the project website. Project materials are now available at www.uas.alaska.edu/tlingit-talk. At this site users will find streaming videos of spontaneous Tlingit conversations with searchable, re-playable Tlingit/English subtitles. This material is the result of projects funded by awards from the US National Science Foundation/National Endowment for the Humanities, Documenting Endangered Languages Initiative. From 2007-2013, the project team recorded 40+ hours of spontaneous conversation among 60 Tlingit speakers and prepared the recordings for users.e
Students and elders check out video and audio recordings from the Tlingit Conversation Documentation Project at the REC Center event in September, 2013.