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Marjorie Tahbone, the vice chair of Inuusiq, Inc., teaching an Inupiaq class at the Nome high school.

With “Language Nest,” a New Campaign to Revitalize Inupiaq

“What makes it a language nest instead of just a day care is that it’s going to provide the parents and the grandparents with learning materials,” Hattie Keller said of a new Inupiaq “language nest” project coming to Shishmaref. The nest will be run by Inuusiq, Inc., a non-profit of which Keller is the Board Chair.

A boat resting on the beach on a cloudy summer day in Gambell, Alaska.

Elder Voices: Beda Slwooko

Beda Slwooko was born on St. Lawrence Island, in Gambell, Alaska. Beda remembers growing up in her grandparents’ house. She shares stories from her childhood, recalling her grandfather as a trapper, the busyness of life in the summer, and when she learned English and chose to turn to Christianity.

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