By Michael S. Lockett
Capital City Weekly 

Sealaska publishes children's book in Haida

 

Lyndsey Brollini/Sealaska Heritage Institute via AP

Rebecca Hsieh unpacks copies of "Nang Jáadaa Sg̱áana 'Láanaa aa Isdáayaan (The Woman Carried Away by Killer Whales)" on their arrival last month at the Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau. This new Haida-language children's book is the first in the language to be part of the institute's Baby Raven Reads program. The program offers free books to Southeast Alaska Native families with children ages 5 and younger.

Sealaska Heritage Institute has released the first children's book in the Haida language Xaad Kil through its Baby Raven Reads program.

"Nang Jaadaa Sgaana 'Laanaa aa Isdaayaan," or "The Woman Carried Away by Killer Whales," is a story carried down through generations orally and published through the work of a team of artists and linguists.

"It's the first book I ever illustrated, and now it's the first children's book in the Haida language," said Haida illustrator Janine Gibbons. "I had to stretch my mind. How am I going to represent this? And how am I going to represent this accurately?"...



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