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“Dámaan St’áang Tl’ang Kínggang-Connecting Our Past, Present and Future to Revitalize Xaad Kíl in Hydaburg, Alaska

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Author: Lang, Lisa
The Xántsii Náay Preschool Immersion Program, opened on September 18, 2018, in Hydaburg, Alaska, working to preserve Xaad Kíl, a critically endangered language of the Northern Alaska Haida people. The main reason this study was conducted through interviews and observation was to find out whether the establishment of the Xántsii Náay Pre-School Immersion Program in September of 2018, in Hydaburg, Alaska, influenced the attitude and values of a community where the language, Xaad Kíl, is nearly extinct and second language learners are introducing pre-school students to the language. The interviews and data themes focused on questions about the past, present and future experiences, of volunteers from three subject groups; a youth focus group, a leadership and a family/caretaker group. There is no research conducted for this particular question. From my attendance at community meetings, and the data themes, from the interviews, the community supports in a positive manner but a reflection of similar situations or recorded voices is unstated anywhere in writing.
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