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Tlingit spelling bee
Will Geiger at work during the Tlingit spelling beeWill Geiger, a student in Lance Twitchell’s intermediate Tlingit class at the University of Alaska-Southeast, emerged victorious after getting through kanat’á (blueberry) and ch’áak’ (eagle). Part of the difficulty with written Tlingit, as the bee illustrated, is that a formalized system of written words has only been in development since the 1960s, according to a paper presented by Richard Dauenhauer at the very first clan conference in 1993.

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