Bringing Back Eyak!


The first Native language in Alaska to be declared extinct now has a new chance at life.    For the first time ever, the Eyak People  
~  dAXunhyuu  ~
have the learning materials and learning opportunities to make the Eyak Language and Culture thrive again. 

AwA'ahdah! K'udzuudah Language Workshop

February 23, 2014

The first Eyak Language Workshop of 2014 in Anchorage was k'udzuudah! At least 30 people took part, including 8 children, and attendees came from far and wide.  One Eyak flew in from Tucson, a few made the snowy, treacherous drive from Valdez and we had two "Skypers" joins us - one from the Mat-Su Valley, the other from sunny New Mexico.  AwA'ahdah to ALL who came to the workshop to learn even more about the Eyak language and way.  Besides speaking the language,  Eyaks had a chance to do some language modeling in front of a microphone and in front of the camera.  You'll start seeing some of that work very soon in the Talking Dictionary and the new eLearning Lessons. You'll want to check out some of the photos at our new GALLERY link.  

Introducing....the New Eyak Talking Dictionary

January 15, 2014

Looking for just the right Eyak words to say?  You can now look up several hundred entries and listen to them as well. Just click on the Eyak Dictionary link up on the menu bar and you'll have several ways of finding what you're looking for.

The dAXunhyuu Talking Dictionary is just the beginning of a long-term project to get nearly every documented word and phrase into an accessible form for people to use. There is also the goal of getting as many Eyaks as possible involved in shaping this vital tool.  You can contribute suggestions for words and phrase additions by simply sending an email.  You could also lend your voice and become a language "modeler."  The next recording sessions are set for February in Anchorage when Guillaume Leduey will be on hand to help coach and encourage those Eyaks who want to add their vocal talents to the mix.

Eyaks are Making History!

January 1, 2014


2014 will be bringing a lot of exciting and ground-breaking changes for the Eyak People.  We’ve had the tragic distinction of being the first tribe in Alaska to have its language declared ‘extinct.’ Now, we have the opportunity to become known as the first tribe in Alaska to make its language live again.   We now have all the resources for this history-making effort:  a major grant from the Administration for Native Americans - the help of a lot of other partner organizations including the Eyak Preservation Council, The Eyak Corporation, the Alaska Native Languages Archive, and the National Geographic Genographic Fund - the talents of a dedicated academic and technical team - and most importantly - the commitment and vision of our community – dAXunhyuuthe Eyak People.

You’re already seeing some of the first changes here at which is being remodeled to make way for the new dAXunhyuuga’ eLearning Program and Learner’s Dictionary. We’ve also ramped up our facebook page -  Eyak Language Revitalization DaXunhyuuga’ - to keep you up-to-date on all things Eyak.  And there is a lot coming up soon.  Here’s a quick overview so you can save some dates: