Alaska’s indigenous languages map gets updated, for first time in 30 years
Alaska Dispatch, 15 July 2011

ALASKA, USA: In 1974, Michael Krauss published a map of the traditional territories of Alaska’s indigenous languages and peoples. It wasn’t the first of its kind, but it was far and away the most accurate, based on firsthand accounts of individual languages and the boundaries of where one ended and another began. Krauss updated his map in 1982, and it has since become the standard for gauging the traditional areas where Alaska Native languages were spoken. Now, nearly 30 years later, the Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has released a new update of Krauss’s well-known map, which hangs in classrooms and offices around the state. The new map utilized new digital technology to make the information more accessible and more comprehensive than the old-fashioned ink-and-paper approach that Krauss was forced to use. Read the article … See the map …