The first Tlingit language immersion program has ended after a week of activities in Sitka.The Sitka Sentinel reports that things wrapped up Saturday for the 63 language speakers that traveled from across Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 to attend the workshops.Program organizer Heather Powell says there are only about 100 Tlingit speakers total.Participants made traditional drums, performed plays and puppet shows of Tlingit legends and discussed correct pronunciation, vocabulary and structure.Most activities were in the Mt. Edgecumbe High School student union building. Language teachers were paired with learners for most activities. The group played bingo entirely in the Tlingit language on Thursday.The Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Sealaska Heritage and Sitka Native Education Program have helped create the immersion program.
As New England licks it’s wounds from their Super Bowl loss to Philly, one of the most dumbfounding subplots from New England was the unexpected decision to sit cornerback, and Super Bowl XLIX hero, Malcolm Butler.After the game, New England Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia was asked nine times about the decision to sit Butler, and he didn’t have great answers. The future Lions head coach fell back on Patriot-speak about putting players in positions to succeed and personnel for specific defensive packages, but shed no light on the bizarre decision to sit a player who started 17 of 18 games during the season.It’s only a matter of time before the real story comes out and sheds more light on the Pats locker room division before the game. It’s probably not going to be pretty.