X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell

X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell (Lingít, Haida, Yupʼik, Sami) is a Professor of Alaska Native Languages at the University of Alaska Southeast, and lives in Juneau with his wife and bilingual children. He speaks and studies the Lingít language, and advocates for indigenous language revitalization through teaching, program development, and legislative changes. Twitchell is an author of poems, stories, and screenplays, and is a filmmaker, musician, and Northwest Coast Artist. He has been a writer and cultural consultant for Molly of Denali, an Emmy nominated children’s show on PBS that features a female Alaska Native child as the lead character. His first book of poetry, G̱agaan X̱ʼusyee / Below the Foot of the Sun, is available from the University of Alaska Press and the University Press of Colorado.