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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel writer 

Teen broadcasts love of learning to ensure survival of Lingít language, culture

 

Photo courtesy of MARC LUTZ/WRANGELL SENTINEL

Mia Wiederspohn, 15, prepares a Lingít language radio broadcast aired on KSTK. She is working to help keep the language alive by learning it and teaching it to others.

WRANGELL - It's not uncommon for high school students to learn a second language. It's a bit rarer for them to take what they've learned and teach it to others.

That's exactly what sophomore Mia Wiederspohn has been doing the past two years with the Lingít language and by extension the culture.

As a freshman, Wiederspohn, 15, began learning Lingít from Virginia Oliver, who teaches the language at the high school and elementary school. Oliver took an applied learning approach to the lessons she taught to Wiederspohn and Carter Hammer.

"(Virginia) taught me by having me teach the elementar...



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