Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cleaning up the Language field

I started writing some scripts to clean up the language field in the db. Managed to assign Dena'ina as subject language to all items with TI identifiers. I'll continue this work once the db tomorrow's migration is finished.

Yup'ik songs about salmon

Niel McCarthy of the BBC called this morning asking for copies of Yup'ik songs or stories related to salmon. He is working on a story about Bristol Bay salmon fishery.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Merging and

Received inquiry from Michael Christian regarding possible merger of content on (created by ANLC NSF project) and (created by Michael under contract with ANHC. This brings up the issue of attempting to reconcile the Dena'ina records at and our own records. I think ANLA should hold the master records, which can then be referenced from So we will need to come up with a plan to check through all those records, and also make sure we have digital content.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Reader Michael

Reader Michael emailed today to ask about status of church documents which he has digitized and sent to us. These are materials already in our collection. Some have already been posted as digital files, but others are pending. We need to catch up. He wants to send more, and I told him that would be great.


Identifier: AL825V1840b
Title: Ukazanie puti na tsarstvie nebesnoe, puchenie na Aleutsko-Lis'evskom yazyke. [Guideroad into the heavenly kingdom, taught in the Aleutian language.]
ANLA page:


Friday, September 24, 2010

Archive Events

Marilyn Savage, Alestine Andre and Gary Holton

Marilyn Savage of Ft. Yukon, AK, Alestine Andre of Tsiigehtchic, NWT and Gary Holton discuss the Gwich'in Prayer books in the Alaska Native Language Archive on September 24, 2010

Updated author codes (from Stacey)

Stacey sent a list of new author codes. I posted it to Google Docs

Alestine Andre visits

Alestine Andre of the Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute visited on Sept 24 along with Marylin Savage (of Fairbanks). They were looking for Tukudh language materials and prayers. They got copies of YNLC/Ritter Tukudh learning materials and some copies of MacDonald prayers.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Dene-Yeniseian Connection

The current issue (Volume 5, New Series) of the Anthropological Papers of the University of Alaska (APUA) is titled The Dene-Yeniseian Connection. The editors are James Kari and Ben Potter. This 369-page volume contains 18 the papers from the Feb. 26-29, 2008 Symposium in Alaska plus several contributed papers. The 67-page lead article by Edward J. Vajda (Western Washington University) presents extensive evidence for Dene-Yeniseian. Accompanying Vajda’s paper are primary data on Na-Dene historical phonology by Jeff Leer, along with critiques by several linguistic specialists and articles on a range of topics (archaeology, prehistory, ethnogeography, genetics, kinship, folklore) by experts in these fields. For the Table of Contents and ordering information go to