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Fairbanks church plans service in Gwich’in dialect

By Associated Press 2:38 PM June 11, 2014
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) –

A Fairbanks church is planning a Holy Communion service spoken entirely in a Gwich’in dialect.

Thursday’s service at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church will be officiated by a deacon and reverends from Alaska and Canada. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1lnAjF0 ) that programs will be available so people can follow in English.

Gwich’in is an Athabascan language spoken in a number of communities in Alaska, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

Allan Hayton, who helped organize the event, expects about 40 people to participate.

In 2003, a similar service performed entirely in Gwich’in was held. But a 10-year anniversary service was postponed last year because members from Canada weren’t able to attend.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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