By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Teen broadcasts love of learning to ensure survival of Tlingit language, culture

 

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Mia Wiederspohn, 15, prepares a Tlingit language radio broadcast aired on KSTK. She is working to help keep the language alive by learning it and teaching it to others.

It's not uncommon for high school students to learn a second language. It's a bit rarer for them to take what they've learned and teach it to others.

That's exactly what sophomore Mia Wiederspohn has been doing the past two years with the Tlingit language and by extension the culture.

As a freshman, Wiederspohn, 15, began learning Tlingit from Virginia Oliver, whose Tlingit name is Xwaanlein (the frost on the beach when the glacier passes over). She teaches the language at the high school, middle school and elementary school. Oliver took an applied learning approach to the lessons she taugh...



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