Film: Sur Le Bout De La Langue (On the Tip of the Tongue)
When: Friday, February 15, 2019, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Z.J. Loussac Public Library
: Wilda Marston Theater
How did a young Frenchman provide the best hope for a people in quest of their cultural identity? When Guillaume Leduey was 13 years old, he discovered the Eyak culture when reading about endangered languages. At 20 years of age and upon the invitation of filmmaker, Laura Bliss Spaan, he travelled to Alaska and to Eyak ancestral lands in Cordova.
This began Guillaume’s journey and surprising role at a pivotal point in Eyak language revitalization. Now, a fluent speaker, Guillaume continues to teach the Eyak language. Dr Michael Krauss, a linguist and professor, is still passionate about the Eyak and has been tirelessly documenting the language since the 1960s.
Together, Guillaume and “Mike” are currently transcribing the Eyak Dictionary and texts to digital format and have become honored members of the Eyak community.
Event Type(s): Community Event
Age Group(s): Adult