July 17, 2011

Alaska's Indigenous Languages Map Gets Updated

From http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/alaskas-indigenous-languages-map-gets-updated-first-time-30-years

Alaska's indigenous languages map gets updated, for first time in 30 years
by Ben Anderson
July 15, 2011

In 1974, Michael Krauss published a map of the traditional territories of Alaska's indigenous languages and peoples. It wasn't the first of its kind, but it was far and away the most accurate, based on firsthand accounts of individual languages and the boundaries of where one ended and another began. Krauss updated his map in 1982, and it has since become the standard for gauging the traditional areas where Alaska Native languages were spoken.

Now, nearly 30 years later, the Alaska Native Language Center (ANLC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has released a new update of Krauss's well-known map, which hangs in classrooms and offices around the state. The new map utilized new digital technology to make the information more accessible and more comprehensive than the old-fashioned ink-and-paper approach that Krauss was forced to use.

Read the full article at http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/alaskas-indigenous-languages-map-gets-updated-first-time-30-years

View the new map at http://www.uaf.edu/anla/collections/map/anlmap.png

Read more about efforts to preserve Alaska languages at http://www.adn.com/2011/07/09/1960330/many-alaska-native-languages-endangered.html

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