Our elder group got bigger and bigger," Yakanak said. "I'm thankful for the amount of elders and how willing they are to help us out. Without them could only learn so much."
They're speaking Alutiiq in Anchorage
Their two-hour Saturday afternoons have attracted as many as 20 Alutiiq speakers and learners, although usually it's usually about half that size, said John Yakanak, a 44-year-old Alutiiq-language learner from Kodiak who organized the group.