New Tlingit Encyclopedia Baffling To Scholars, Speakers

A new encyclopedia of the Tlingit language has teachers in Sitka scratching their heads. The massive work by New Zealand scholar Sally-Ann Lambert is extraordinarily detailed, and the product of years of effort.

The problem is: The language in the book is not recognizable by contemporary scholars, or Native Tlingit speakers.

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Robert Woolsey is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.