01/19/14 - 9:20pm
KODIAK (AP)— A revitalization project to increase the number of Alutiiq speakers in Kodiak is seeing dividends.
Alutiiq Museum executive director Alisa Drabek says there are now 33 elders who speak Alutiiq as a first language and up to 13 who speak it as a second language, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported.
“We’re not growing as many young fluent speakers, babies and elementary students, yet, but we are growing the next teachers,” Drabek said. “We’re progressing.”
Alutiiq was spoken for centuries in the Kodiak area until its decline began after Western contact.