Jen Rose Smith

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Jen Rose Smith writes the iiyaaG (Eyak) Eye column for The Cordova Times. Smith grew up in Cordova. She has a PhD in ethnic studies from the University of California Berkeley, and is a post-doctoral fellow at UC Davis.
Pam Smith pores over a genealogical chart. (Nov. 6, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Genealogy project documents lineage of more than 400 Eyak people

Working on pieces of butcher paper usually reserved for wrapping moose meat, Pam Smith has compiled perhaps the most extensive Eyak genealogy ever recorded.
Lena Saska Nacktan was one of the last fluent speakers of dAXunhyuuga’, or Eyak language. She played a pivotal role in helping linguist Michael Krauss learn and document the language for generations to come. Photo courtesy of Jen Rose Smith

Eyak Elders and linguist built together Eyak language archive

Lena Saska Nacktan was one of the last fluent Eyak speakers. She played a pivotal role in helping linguist Michael Krauss learn and document the language for generations to come.

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