By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

WCA offers free Tlingit language classes for adults


November 16, 2022

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Virginia Oliver instructs a Tlingit language class at the Wrangell Cooperative Association cultural center on Front Street last Thursday.

On the second day of the Wrangell Cooperative Association's new Tlingit language program, instructor Virginia Oliver stood next to a whiteboard nearly twice her height, covered in Tlingit words and phrases, and introduced herself to her students. "Virginia you xat duwasáakw." My name is Virginia. "Wáasáiduwa sáakw?" What is your name?

She worked her way around the packed classroom, helping each student introduce themselves and rewarding correct pronunciation with an enthusiastic "yak'ei!"

Oliver, who is Wrangell's only fluent speaker, has offered Tlingit classes to high school and mid...

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