On this episode of Forum@360, Tlingit speaker and clan leader David Katzeek, UAS Tlingit Language Instructor Marsha Hotch, UAS Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages Lance Twitchell, and linguist Alice Taff explore what living the language means and why it’s important.
David Katzeek speaks on the power and spirit of the Tlingit language, Marsha Hotch shows us how we can bring language into the home, Lance Twitchell talks about how to create a multilingual community, and Alice Taff highlights language resources for the community.
Forum@360: Living the Language also features a question and answer segment between the panel and members of a live studio audience. This program was recorded at @360 in Juneau Dec. 20, 2013.
Forum@360: Living the Language broadcasts on 360 North statewide television on Jan. 11 at 12 a.m. and 4 a.m., Jan. 12 at 1 p.m., and Jan. 13 at 4 a.m. and 11 a.m.
- It aims to preserve Alaska Native culture by giving tribes and tribal organizations the ability to oversee local child welfare problems, rather than social workers coming in from outside their communities. That often results in children being removed from their communities.
- Dressed in full Gwich’in regalia, Potts recounted growing up in a modest dirt-floor hunting cabin in Eagle, losing someone close to suicide, and taking the conventions theme of strength in unity to get back to enjoying life again.
- The Juneau School District wants to consolidate its two high school football programs and cheer squads. Superintendent Dr. Mark Miller said at a press conference Thursday afternoon that the decision to send a formal request to the Alaska School Activities Association has been two years in the making.
- Three helmets, two hats, a headdress and a beaded shirt are from as far back as the 1600s to about 1890. They will be stored through the National Park Service, with access being granted to the Tlingit clans.