As a documentary linguist my work focuses on the documentation and description of indigenous languages, especially the Athabascan languages of Alaska and the Papuan languages of eastern Indonesia. Most of these languages are in danger of disappearing, and their systematic documentation preserves endangered knowledge systems while also contributing to an understanding of the way human languages are structured.
At the Alaska Native Language Center I also assist with language revitalization programs, creating materials for language learning and assisting with Native language teacher training.
Documentation is of little value unless it is preserved and made accessible. Thus, another component of my work involves the development and support of language archiving capacity as Director of the Alaska Native Language Archive.