Native Word of the Month


Oct photo - Black willowHere is your October Native Word of the Month in Deg Xinag! Thank you to our translator, Edna Deacon of Grayling!

Q’elgesr = black willow (young)

Q’elgesr nihałtrith = Whipping the black willow*

* People would whip the willow as they were walking; it makes a whistling sound and is considered protection.

Listen to an audio recording of the October word:

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D2X_3063Here is your September Native Word of the Month in Deg Xinag ! Thank you to our translator, Edna Deacon of Grayling!

Dineg tth’in = moose bone

Dineg tth’in niłtoxit’oth gitolayh. = Cut up the moose bone, put it in the soup.

Listen to an audio recording of the September word:

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Aug photo - salmonberryHere is your August Native Word of the Month in Deg Xinag ! Thank you to our translator, Edna Deacon of Grayling!

Dondhi’on = salmonberry

Dondhi’on nisa = Picking salmonberries

Listen to an audio recording of the August word:

Listen to an audio recording of the August phrase:

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

June = Vanan Ch’iighoo

Naagaii = Beads

Nahan łyaa naagaii haa gwiinzii k’eech’aahkaii. = Your mom sews beads really well.

Listen to an audio recording of the translation:

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

May = Gwiluu Zhrii

Ch’idlii = He or she is singing.

Aii deetrya’ gwiint’aii ch’idlii k’it zhyaa haachik. = That raven sounds like he is singing really strongly.

Listen to an audio recording of the translation:

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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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