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Sealaska Heritage Institute produces Native language curriculum and other education tools through its Language and Education Programs. The institute encourages students and teachers to use its online resources to perpetuate and revitalize Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages. (To download the interactive tools to your computer, right click the link and choose "save target as")

See also:
Tlingit:
Dictionary of Tlingit, Beginning Tlingit with CDs, Tlingit Verb Dictionary, Tlingit Spelling Book with CD, LingítX’éináxSá! Say it in Tlingit: A Tlingit Phrasebook, Lingít X’éináx Áx! Hear it in Tlingit: A Tlingit Mini Phrasebook & CD, Sneaky Sounds (Book & CD), Shanyaak'utlaax
Haida:
Dictionary of Alaskan Haida, Alaskan Haida Phrasebook
Tsimshian: Dictionary of Shm'algyack (Tsimshian)



 

Please take our language survey!
SHI is asking language teaches and students and anyone interested in Native language programs to fill out our survey. Please either print it, complete it and fax it to 586-9293 or type your answers in an email to sarah.dybdahl@sealaska.com (and include question numbers). Thanks in advance! (Language Survey)



 

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")
 

 
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")
 

 
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 Valentine Phrases (learn Tlingit terms of endearment)
 

 
Halloween is coming. Can you say that in Tlingit?
Nakw s’aatí yagiyeeyí áwé yá haadé yaa nagút aa síndi.
“Halloween is next week.” U
Ch’a ldakát at yátx’i núkdzigaa át gugwa.áat.
“All the kids will be out looking for candy.”
U
Axoo aa kéi has shakaguxlagéi.
“Some of them will look cute.”
U
Axoo aa kéi has yakaguxlaxéitl’shan.
“Some of them will look scary.”
U

Audio by the late Johnny Marks. Learn more Tlingit phrases.

 


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

 
Curriculum
 
 

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

Numbers  (learn Tlingit words for numbers in an interactive environment) (Print words) (Download Flash Player)
 
Bear Barometer (learn Tlingit phrases for weather in an interactive environment) (Print words) (Download Flash Player)
 
Shanyaak'utlaax (a Tlingit story written in Tlingit and produced by SHI)
(Print pdf version) (Download Flash Player)
 
My House (learn the Tlingit phrases for common household items in an interactive environment. (Print word list) (Download Flash Player)
 
Move the Murrelet (learn Tlingit phrases such as above the boat and behind the boat in an interactive environment. (Print word list) (Download Flash Player)
 
Birds (learn the Tlingit words for birds common to Southeast Alaska in an interactive environment) (Print word list) (Download Flash Player)
 
Classroom (learn the Tlingit words for things you would find in a classroom in an interactive environment) (Print word list) (Download Flash Player)
 
Ocean Animals (learn the Tlingit words for Southeast Alaska critters in an interactive environment) (Print word list) (Download Flash Player)
 
Critters (learn the Tlingit words for Southeast Alaska critters in an interactive environment) (Print word list) (Download Flash Player)
 
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 (see the Tlingit alphabet and hear the sounds (geared toward younger children). This is also available on flash cards and audio CD
 

 

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

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

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

Tlingit Dog Commands 
 
Alaskan Haida words for cultural and ethnographic objects (useful for museums when labeling objects) 
 
 

Tlingit Phrase of the Week (see and hear Tlingit phrases)
 

 
Tlingit Valentine Phrases
(updated in 2011) (Thanks to Roby Littlefield and the work of many students and speakers over a period of six years)
Tlingit Valentine Phrases (learn Tlingit terms of endearment)
 
MORE Tlingit Valentine Phrases (learn Tlingit terms of endearment) (thanks to Roby Littlefield for this resource)
Halloween is coming. Can you say that in Tlingit?
Nakw s’aatí yagiyeeyí áwé yá haadé yaa nagút aa síndi.
“Halloween is next week.” U
Ch’a ldakát at yátx’i núkdzigaa át gugwa.áat.
“All the kids will be out looking for candy.”
U
Axoo aa kéi has shakaguxlagéi.
“Some of them will look cute.”
U
Axoo aa kéi has yakaguxlaxéitl’shan.
“Some of them will look scary.”
U

Audio by the late Johnny Marks. Learn more Tlingit phrases.

 
   
Tlingit Prayer  
  aShort Version (text)
a
Long Version (text)
 
 
Beach Creatures Posters (learn Tlingit words for common beach creatures)
 

 

Numbers Poster  (see how numbers are spelled in Tlingit)
 


 

Number Cards (build numbers and play fun number games)
 


 

Basic Colors Poster
 


 

Complex Colors Poster
 


 
Card Games (some assembly required)
  aCrazy Questions
aGo Fish (Berry Cards)
aWord Rummy
 
 
Christmas Phrases
 
 

www.haidalanguage.org (SHI website)
 

 
Other useful links:  
Coming soon:
  • Online, bilingual dictionaries for Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian (Sealaska Heritage Institute is sponsoring the project through a $175,000 grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) sought on behalf of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian languages and cultures  The project is seventy-eight percent federally funded and twenty-two percent is funded through non-governmental sources. 

 

 

News articles:
"New online venture strives to preserve Tlingit language" (Radio)
"Sealaska releases new language tools"
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New movies bolster Native language"
"Website offers Tlingit language pronunciation"
"Institute says book teaches language, values"
 

See also the SHI Shop for language books and materials

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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