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Alaska Native Studies

Three women cutting salmon and processing at the water's edge as part of an Alaskan Native Studies curriculum.

KPC currently offers the study of three Alaska Native languages, Dena'ina, Ahtna, and Yup'ik, co-taught with Native Elders. KPC is the only campus in the UA system to offer the Ahtna language. 

Kenai Peninsula College has a long history of reviving Alaska Native languages, beginning with Professor Alan Boraas' work with the legendary Peter Kalifornsky (1911-1993), a self-taught writer and ethnographer of the Dena'ina Athabaskan, to document and preserve the Dena'ina spoken language. 

Students are currently able to complete a minor in Alaska Native Studies entirely at KPC. Courses are staggered between the fall and spring semesters so careful planning must be done to ensure required courses are all completed in the shortest time possible. Some courses are offered in video conference format making them available online to students who are not attending the Kenai River Campus.

Alaska Native language courses offered include:

  • Elementary Dena'ina Language I  (AKNS A101C)
  • Elementary Dena'ina Language II  (AKNS A102C)
  • Elementary Ahtna Language I  (AKNS A101C)
  • Elementary Ahtna Language II  (AKNS A102C)
  • Elementary Yup'ik Language I (AKNS A101A)
  • Elementary Yup'ik Language II (AKNS A101B)


Christina Stuive
University of Alaska Anchorage
Name: Christina Stuive
Title: Associate Professor of Counseling
Phone: 9072620335
Location: Enid S. McLane Building (EMB)
Campus: Kenai River Campus
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