SHI now has
links to Tsimshian, Tlingit, and Haida dictionaries
Heritage Institute has posted its Dictionary of Shm'algyack
(Tsimshian) online free of charge. (Courtesy Sealaska Heritage
In an effort to make Native language resources as accessible
as possible, Sealaska Heritage Institute has posted its Dictionary
of Shm'algyack (Tsimshian) online free of charge. SHI especially
wants these resources available to those students who are helping
to revitalize the language and speaking it on the land.
The Dictionary of Shm'algyack can be found on Sealaska Heritage
Institute's language resources page. The dictionary was compiled
by Donna May Roberts with assistance from the Elders of Metlakatla,
Alaska. "Sealaska Heritage Institute's Dictionary of Shmalgyack
is the product of years of documentation of the Tsimshian language
with assistance from fluent Elders," says the language resources
page. "It's a must-have resource for language learners and for people
who are interested in learning more about the Tlingit culture."
The version available for free online is a searchable pdf.
Sealaska Heritage Institute encourages all Native language learners
to make use of the free education tools available on the language
resources page. The Dictionary of Shm'algyack joins other resources
including a Tlingit and Haida dictionaries, a Haida phrasebook,
verb databases, as well as audio links to clan name pronunciations
and a long list of interactive tools and apps.
Also available on the language resources page are links to Native
language curricula for instruction of Southeast Alaskan Native languages.
Teachers are encouraged to download and use them in class. Even
more curricula resources can be found on the education
Sealaska Heritage Institute, who provided the information
in this article, is a private, nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote
cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public
services and events. Sealaska Heritage Institute is governed by
a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars
and a Native Artists Committee. SHI's mission is to perpetuate and
enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.