Wednesday, March 23, 2011

First proposal to create a program in Alaska Native languages at UAF

Here's a blast from the past. This document is the first proposal to the University of Alaska calling for the establishment of a program in Alaska Native Languages. It is dated Dec 1960. It would be twelve more years before the Alaska Native Language Center would be created by state legislation. Written by ANLC founder Michael Krauss, the memo recognizes the already extremely endangered status of Alaska's Native languages some 50 years ago, noting that "if the University does not initiate a linguistic research program soon, much of the data will be lost forever." The memo also recognizes the role of the University of Alaska in providing leadership and training in the field of Alaska Native languages.

See item G961K1960

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