[aka ительменский язык, Itənmən, Kamchadal]

Classification: Chukotko-Kamchatkan


severely endangered

The DVD with Itelmen songs, video, Itelmen subtitles and translation into Russian was compiled by the Community House of Kovran village in Kamchatka as a language revitalization initiative in 2014. Each video provides information about the composer, singer, translator and transcriber, editor etc. This DVD came as one of the results of a Gathering of Itelmen Speakers “Keepers of Native Hearth – 2012” which was organized by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, University of Connecticut, Institute of Linguistic Research in St. Petersburg, Association of Indigenous Peoples in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski, and Kamchatka Branch of North Pacific Institute of Geography. The purpose of this meeting was language documentation for Audio-visual dictionary of Itelmen language. During the Gathering ancient songs recorded in 1960s were transcribed and translated by the elders and some contemporary Itelmen songs were recorded, transcribed and translated as well. And this data was used for the community driven project on Itelmen DVD of songs.

Tatiana Degai


Jan. 1, 2014