ANCHORAGE — Alyson McCarty speaks Latin. She knows a little Greek and few words of Spanish. But when the 14-year-old sings, she sings in her mother’s language of Yup’ik.
McCarty recently recorded her seventh CD of Yup’ik and English hymns. Of the 14 tracks, McCarty recorded four in Yup’ik. There’s a rendition of “Amazing Grace” called “Naklekuti Nitnirqekria” and a translation of the Lord’s Prayer. Even the thank-yous, “Quyana,” are in the Western Alaska language.