Native Word of the Month


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Here is your April Native Word of the Month in Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)! Hai’ (thank you) to our translator, Allan Hayton.

April = Ch’ikee Zhrii

Shih = Food

Deetrya’ shih eenjit ch’oodiikwat. Khan, shih lat vach’ąh’aa. = Raven is begging for food. Hurry, feed him a little food.

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MarHere is your March Native Word of the Month in Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)! Hai’ (thank you) to our translator, Allan Hayton.

March = Ch’izhin Zhrii

K’eegiidal = They arrived

Tanan hee dinjii leii naii k’eegiidal. = Many people have arrived in Fairbanks.

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FebHere is your February Native Word of the Month in Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)! Hai’ (thank you) to our translator, Allan Hayton.

February = Veegwaadhat

Shidrii = My heart

Shidrii zhit gwiintł’oo shoo ihłii. = My heart is very happy.

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Here is your January Native Word of the Month in Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)! Hai’ (thank you) to our translator, Allan Hayton.

Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)

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January = Ch’anjaa

Khadhalchi’ = I am in a hurry.

Shin gwiheendhaa gwats’a’ khadhalchi’. = I am anxious for summer when it will be warm.

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Here are your December Native Words of the Month in Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in) and Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross)! Hai’ and Tsin’ee to our translators, Allan Hayton and Irene Solomon Arnold.

Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)

Gwichin December photo by Richard Mueller

Photo by Richard Mueller

December = Ch’atsal

Deegwii’in? = What’s going on?

Drin Tsal gwats’a’ khan gwaadhal ts’a’ niiyut kwaa gwiintł’oo hahshii ginyaa. = Christmas is coming up fast, and they say it is going to snow a lot soon.

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Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross)

Tanacross Dec photo

December = Wunenh Nach’ehjedh

Xághįhsháatth = It began to snow.

Nee’éł xághįhsháatth. = It began snowing heavily (with us).

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Here are your November Native Words of the Month in Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in) and Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross)! Hai’ and Tsin’ee to our translators, Allan Hayton and Irene Solomon Arnold.

Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)

Gwichin November photo by Richard Mueller

Photo by Richard Mueller

November = Divii Zhrii

Deegii’in? = What are they doing?

Oodee shahan vizheh shih leii vikeech’agahch’yaa. = They are cooking lots of food at my mom’s house.

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Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross)

Tanacross Nov photo

November = Demee Sǎa’, “Sheep Month”

Xníik’áatth = It became cold.

Nah’ôg xníik’áatth. = It turned cold outside.

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See below for our August Native word of the month in Gwich’in!

Zhehk’aa – Family
Shizhehk’aa naii gwiintł’oo goovihtsai’. – I cherish my family very much.

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August

Hai’ (thank you) to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation.

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