With fishing season and hunting season wrapping up, we will start scheduling the Fairbanks ALLS meetings. Ahtna Koht’aene who are enrolled in the ALLS (Ahtna Language Learners and Speakers) Program will be present at the Fairbanks ALLS Community Meetings.
The Community Meetings are an opportunity for other Ahtna Koht’aene, who are not involved in the program already, to participate and experience what is happeningh with the Ahtan Language! Come on out “Aani da!” Let’s go “Nastudaeł!” ALLS Members will be presenting and demonstrating what they have learned and their future Ahtna interests.
This will be a potluck style event. There will be food, fun, games, and singing! Please bring your elders, cousins, friends, and children. Keep an eye out for these exciting events! Tsin’aen Koht’aene!
The ALLS Program is a dedicated group of Ahtna Language Learners that are determined to become fluent speakers of the Ahtna Language. Their dedication, passion and commitment to learning Ahtna is evident through their continual membership in the ALLS Program! Tsin’aen Fairbanks ALLS Koht’aene!
Anyone who is interested in attending, participating, or joining the ALLS Program is encouraged to contact your Athna Tribal Village Council. The Native Villages of Cantwell, Chickaloon, Chistochina, Chitina, Copper Center, Gakona, Gulkana, Mentasta, and Tazlina have all been contacted and informed of the ALLS Program. You can find their contact information on the ahtnalanguage.com “Contacts Page”.
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.