Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2007

New Sealaska interactive language tools now available on the Web

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JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute has posted two new interactive language tools on the Internet to help teach the Tlingit language.

The tools allow students to see and hear Tlingit words and phrases. "Bear Barometer" teaches Tlingit phrases for weather through a series of scenes featuring a boy and a bear exposed to the elements. The story was written by Tlingit teacher and speaker Ruth Demmert, who also recorded the audio for the project. "Numbers" teaches Tlingit words for numbers 1-200 and features audio by John Marks.

"We know teachers are using these tools in classrooms in Southeast Alaska and that children are responding favorably to them. Young students are drawn to computer-based, interactive programs," said SHI President Rosita Worl, noting one of the institute's priorities is to teach Native languages to children.

The projects were funded in part by a grant from ConocoPhillips. The tools are posted on SHI's language resources webpage at

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private, nonprofit founded in 1981 to administer cultural and educational programs for Sealaska Corp. The institute is governed by an all-Native Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

For more information, contact Rosita Worl, SHI president, at 463-4844.

Widowed persons hold brunch this Sunday

JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program is sponsoring a brunch at noon Sunday at the Breakwater Restaurant.

All widows and widowers are invited to attend this social event. Due to the holiday season, the only support group meeting for December is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 in the Parlor at the Fireweed Place. The December dinner meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 20 at Rodfather's Restaurant.

For more information, contact 586-6424 or

Douglas church holds Christmas bazaar

JUNEAU - The Douglas Community United Methodist Church will hold its annual bazaar, "A Musical Christmas," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the churchlocated at 1106 Third St., in Douglas on the corner of Third and E streets.

The bazaar is the main fundraising event of the year for the Douglas Community United Methodist women in their efforts to be in mission with women, children and youth locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

The bazaar will feature collectibles, attic treasures, arts and crafts, homemade baked goods, jams and jellies, RADA knives and a wonderful musical Christmas tea room serving quiche, soup and other delectable delights. This year we will be featuring a huge variety of Christmas cookies for folks to stock up on for their family gatherings, work and school parties, cookie exchanges, or just to have available for your friends as they come a calling during the holiday season.

For more information, call the church office at 364-2408, Beth McEwen at 209-3502 or Debra Gerrish at 789-3236.

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