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Wanted: Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian Recordings

For a publication about our culture & history based on the voices of our ancestors

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Sealaska Heritage (SHI) is embarking on a major, long-term project to collect all known Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian recordings in both Native languages and English for a publication about our culture and history based on the voices of our ancestors.

We are asking individuals who have original recordings in any format (VHS, reel, etc.) to allow SHI to duplicate them using the latest technology. We will send digital versions of the recordings to the owners. With the diminishing number of Native language speakers, one of our highest priorities will be to transcribe and translate those recordings spoken in our Native languages.

We’ve also reached out to Southeast Alaska Native tribes and corporations, various archives, and researchers in hopes of collecting recordings.

If you are interested in participating, contact emily.pastore@sealaska.com or (907) 586-9202.

Photo: SHI Language Summit in 2018, photo by Nobu Koch.