The ALLS Ahtna Language Learners and Speakers – Program just received its first Ahtna Village Commitment! Tsin’aen CNC and CTIVC of Tsedi Na’ (Chitina) for being the first to pledge your support to this effort to continue the Ahtna Language!
All 8 of the Ahtna villages, and Chickaloon, have been contacted in regards to this program. The main goal of ALLS is to create a language nest so large that it encompasses all of the villages of the Ahtna Koht’aene (people) and beyond! With all of the villages of our Ahtna Koht’aene participating – Cantwell, Chickaloon, Chistochina, Chitina, Copper Center, Gakona, Gulkana, Mentasta, and Tazlina – we will start to see a huge shift in the future of Ahtna in our lives, so long as WE MAKE IT OUR PRIORITY daily. There will also be ALLS hub groups in Anchorage and Fairbanks!
Did you know that Talkeetna is actually an Ahtna name? It is even sounds close in Ahtna! Taagi’ Na’ (Taw-geet Na)! Talkeetna (Three Rivers) literally translates to Taagi (3) na’ (Rivers) and it is in the Western Cantwell Ahtna dialect!
Meeting locations will be determined by villages that commit to the ALLS Program. The program has been outlined and will we will start accepting members shortly!
It is exciting to see what has happened, is happening, and what will happen when Ahtna Koht’aene pick up their heritage language and make it a part of their everyday lives!
Aennnnn! CVITC (Chitina Village Tsin’aen Tsedi Na’ (thank you Chitina) for being the first village to make your commitment to the ALLS Program! With a collective continual effort being made in the Ahtna language, the goal is to see a swift change in the fluency of Ahtna people and to make our language a main focus in our everyday lives!
Have you ever wondered why our Ahtna Elders laugh so much when they speak in Ahtna? It is fun! Na’studaeł! “Let’s go” Ahtna Koht’aene!
Please contact Grant “C’edahwdełdiixen” Rebne with any questions on how to you can be a part of the ALLS – Ahtna Language Learners and Speakers Program! Tsin’aen.