If you want to know about a language in Alaska, the Alaska Native Language Center is the place to go. Housed in the University of Alaska Fairbanks (about 1.5 degrees south of the arctic circle mid-state), the ANLC is a research center, materials repository, promotes language revitalization and assists in the teaching of the 20 native languages of Alaska, 18 of which are not being passed on to children.
The ANLC boasts a staff of 16 and more than 10,000 story collections, dictionaries, grammars and research papers. Regular language classes are available in Central Yup’ik Eskimo (esu), Inupiaq (apparently broken up into North Alaskan Inupiatun (esi) and Northwest Alaskan Inupiatun (esk) in the Ethnologue) and Kutchin or Gwich’in (gwi) Athabascan, with other languages taught in conjunction with special topics.
A short FAQ addresses the question of whether “Eskimo” or “Inuit” is acceptable–it seems that it depends on the country. Also see that page for common expressions, orthographies, and PDF newsletters. For those Outside (and in Alaska), an impressive array of dictionaries, beginner’s texts, cassettes and more is available from their publications page.
The spark for this blog entry as well as the Dorothy Ramon Center entry comes from blogger Sophie of Finding a Voice. Thank you!