The presentation was titled: "Alaska Native Languages and Peoples Map After 30 Years". The conference presentation, panel discussion and question/answer session allowed participants the opportunity to learn and discuss the issues surrounding the mapping of Native Peoples and Languages of Alaska. The Native Peoples and Languages of Alaska Map was compiled by Michael Krauss and the Alaska Native Language Center (ANLC) in 1974 and was revised in 1982. ISER and ANLC are working to revise the map in GIS technologies and with current data. The presentation discussed the revisions to the map, language names, numbers of speakers and other information that the map presents.
The following people served on the panel discussion:
Jim Kerr - ISER
Larry Kaplan - ANLC
Michael Krauss - Professor Emeritus, Map Author - UAF - ANLC
Gary Holton - ANLC
Colin West - ISER
Meghan Wilson - ISER
Tim Argetsinger - ISER
Joan Kane - First Alaskans Institute
We complied a list of questions that the audience members asked. They are listed as follows:
- How much will a new map cost approximately?
- Change Koyukon to Denaakk'e.
- Is there/will there be a data graph or report that shows the status of language speakers using the information from these three maps? This type of report will be helpful to show leaders the status of our language to hopefully push the urgency to teach our languages in our schools, communities, etc...
- Maybe put out a paper for emails to start a list serv for the project?
- Is there a written history/documentation for the early ANLC map process?
- Which year was the Osgood map published?
- Is ANLC mainly documenting languages or do they push for fluency?
- How do you define "speakers" of a Native Language?
- Do you distinguish between active and passive speakers?
- Will lower and middle Tanana be distinguished?
- Was Cup'ik dropped?
- Isn't there a difference for the Koyukon boundary based on Jim Kari's later work?
- In counting the number of speakers, will students learning the language be counted?
- What is the connection of Alaska-Athabascan and Navajo?
- Is GIS a public/free program?
These questions were posted to let people from ISER and ANLC post answers and create a discussion based on what the audience wanted to know about the map and map revisions.