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The late Nadesta Golley of Atka wrote At{am Hitnisangis/Atkan Plants as the fourteenth in a series of books in Unangam tunuu for Atkan Educational Materials published in 1973 through Alaska State Operated Schools.
“Nadesta was a true leader in that she was unselfish and very generous in her pursuit to disseminate Unangan indigenous knowledge concerning Niigu{ plantlore. There are many topics about which we would know nothing today had it not been for her diligence. This well educated woman in both Western and the Native world was an inspiration and hope for my being where I am today.”

—Moses L. Dirks, Unangam tunuu teacher and linguist


IMPORTANT: In order to view the pages of this book correctly, you will need to download the Unangam Tunuu font (truetype) and install it on your computer. It's available as a free download from Alaskool.org.

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Unangam Hitnisangin/Unangam Hitnisangis/Aleut Plants:
a Region-Based Plant Curriculum for Grades 4-6

(oo NUNG um • hit nee SUNG in / oo NUNG um • hit nee SUNG is)

Txichin qa}aalaku{txichin, we (3 or more) thank you (3 or more), Nick Galaktionoff [2001], Moses Dirks [1992, 2001] and Suzi Golodoff [2001], for gracious help with words that are known in Unangam tunuu, but are not necessarily in the Aleut Dictionary/Unangam Tunudgusii



Written by: Donna Matthews
Project Coordinator and Editor: Barbara Carlson, Association of Unangan/Unangas Educators (AUE)
Reviews and first draft: Karen Yeager (AUE) and Edna Floyd (AUE & Elders’ Academy Member)
Translations and reviews: Moses Dirks (AUE)
Unangam Elders’ Academy and reviews:
  Mary Bourdukofsky (AUE), Walter Dyakanoff, Ben Golodoff, Suzi Golodoff,
  Gertrude (AUE)
With special thanks to:
  Nick Galaktionoff, Ray Hudson (AUE), Michael Krauss, Patricia Partnow,
  Julie Shane, Sophie Sherebernikoff, Katie Turner, Allison Young
Thank you to Janice Schofield, R. W. Tyler, and Stanford University Press for permission to use
their printed material

This project was developed with funding for the Association of Unangan/Unangas Educators (AUE)
by the Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative with support from the following agencies:

National Science Foundation
Annenburg Rural Challenge
Alaska Federation of Natives
Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association
Unalaska City School District
Aleutians East Borough School District
St. Paul School
The Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage
Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Illustrations pages 9, 78, 81, 118, courtesy R. W. Tyler

Illustrations pages 11, 19, 20, 21, 22, 31, 32, 40, 41, 47, 48, 53, 55, 69, 70, 76, 79, 82, 108-118 from Flora of Alaska and Neighboring Territories by Eric Hultén (c) 1968 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University were reproduced with the permission of the publishers, Stanford University Press. (http://www.sup.org) Further reproduction of the material requires the publisher’s permission.

Special thanks to Paula Elmes and the excellent staff at the Alaska Native Knowledge Network for their continual support and help with final changes and preparation for posting on the Internet.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0086194. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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