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Basketball camp teaches Tlingit language


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) ­– A basketball camp in Juneau is about more than the sport itself. It's about revitalizing the Tlingit language.

The Sealaska Heritage Institute sponsors the summer camps each year to help youngsters learn Tlingit. Linguists say there are fewer than 150 native Tlingit speakers alive today, Juneau radio station KTOO reported.

On the first day of camp last week, a dozen middle and high school students participated on the basketball court at the University of Alaska Southeast.

As the students stretched, Jessica Chester counted to 10 in Tlingit. Chester, who teaches Alas...

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