Learning to Speak Łingít (Tlingit)

LRInspire language revitalization presents: Learning to Speak Łingít (Tlingit) with nahaan. LRInspire supports the revitalization of our various Indigenous languages. In addition to Native language learning material in Lakota, Lushootseed, & Pauite, we are proud to now offer Łingít (Tlingit).

aaá-yes. tłéik’-no. tłéil xwasikoo-i dunno

Łingít gé isítee? (are you Tlingit?)‏

łingít xh’éináxh xhaan kananeek (say it in Tlingit)

Click link for a map of traditional Tlingit country  http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/ANCR/Southeast/TlingitMap/TlingitMap.pdf


Nahaan is of Łingít, Iñupiaq, and Paiute ancestry. His work reflects his teachings and cultural background. He has been a natural artist all his life. As a tattoo artist of 5 years and running he focuses exclusively on working within the spirit of the traditional tattoos of his ancestors. As a carver, painter and designer he emulates the visual storytelling crafts so dear to his people of South East Alaska. He teaches the Tlingit language and song, and is the spokesperson for Náakw Dancers a group which he started in Seattle, Washington in order to perpetuate the rich expressions of the Pacific North West’s indigenous population. He focuses on aspects of community empowerment and self mastery through elements of decolonization and activism.

3 thoughts on “Learning to Speak Łingít (Tlingit)

  1. Is there a way I can learn the Tlingit Language?! I’ve been watching videos and looking it up for a couple years!! I’ve always wanted to learn n speak in Tlingit, yet no one helps, nor tries to help. I am half blood Tlingit, I was born in Alaska, and I am dying to learn! Many of us no nothing about our culture, and I don’t want to be one of them. Please if you can help me learn!

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