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Grandmother and Granddaughter Work to Preserve the Inupiaq Language

Gwendolyn MacLean won first place for Junior Individual Performance, at the Alaska National History Day state contest. Her project was about her grandmother and was titled “My Language, My Culture: Edna MacLean Takes a Stand to Preserve Inupiaq Language”. She is in the sixth grade at Bayshore Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska.

Edna MacLean, Gwen’s grandmother, developed the Inupiaq language program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and taught there for more than two decades. Edna MacLean received an NEH grant in 1988 to support the transcription and translation of a collection of legends and stories of the Inupiat people.