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University of Alaska Anchorage

Alaska Native Studies

KPC currently offers the study of three Alaska Native languages, Dena'ina, Ahtna, and Yup'ik, co-taught with Native Elders.

Overview

Kenai Peninsula College has a long history of reviving Alaska Native languages, beginning with Professor Alan Boraas' work with the legendary Peter Kalifornsky (1911-1993), a self-taught writer and ethnographer of the Dene language of Dena'ina, to document and preserve the Dena'ina spoken language. 

Students are currently able to complete a minor in Alaska Native Studies entirely at KPC. Courses are staggered between the fall and spring semesters so careful planning must be done to ensure required courses are all completed in the shortest time possible. Some courses are offered in video conference format making them available online to students who are not attending the Kenai River Campus.

Alaska Native language courses offered include:

  • Elementary Dena'ina Language I  (AKNS A101C)
  • Elementary Dena'ina Language II  (AKNS A102C)
  • Elementary Ahtna Language I  (AKNS A101C)
  • Elementary Ahtna Language II  (AKNS A102C)
  • Elementary Yup'ik Language I (AKNS A101A)
  • Elementary Yup'ik Language II (AKNS A101B)

Students are currently able to to complete an Associate of Arts in Alaska Native Studies or a minor in Alaska Naive Studes at KPC and in coordination with UAA>  

Degrees/Certificates


Advisors


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Kenai River Campus
Christina Stuive
Professor of Counseling
cjstuive@alaska.edu
(907) 262-0335
Enid S. McLane Building (EMB) 267
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Faculty


Dena'ina Faculty


  • Helen Dick
  • Joel Isaak
  • Andrea Ivanoff
  • Jennifer Williams

Ahtna Faculty


  • Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart

Yup'ik Faculty


  • Lucy Daniels
  • Sassa Peterson

AKNS Instructors


  • Tia Holley
  • Donita Slawson

 

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