By Mark Sabbatini
Juneau Empire 

Landmark Lingit-language children's book published


November 8, 2023

Courtesy of Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

The children's story "Kuhaantí" is the first book of its kind released in Lingít in decades, according to people who collaborated on the project.

The title translates to "orphan" in English, but people celebrating the release of the Lingít-language children's book "Kuhaantí" emphasized the project is very much a multigenerational family effort by the Southeast Alaska Native community.

"Kuhaantí" is intended to be the first of nine books and animated videos produced during the next two years sharing tribal stories in their Native language, the first publications of their kind in decades, according to officials involved with the project.

Copies of "Kuhaantí" were distributed free to children during a book launch party at the Elizab...

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