Native Word of the Month


Winter Ravens, Allan Hayton

Winter ravens; photo by Allan Hayton

We are pleased to share our February 2020 Native words of the month! Thank you to Kenneth Frank and Caroline Tritt-Frank for providing these Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in) translations:

Gwiink’oo = Cold 

Kenneth: Vashrąįį K’oo gwa’an gwiink’oo? = Is it cold around Arctic Village?

 

Caroline: Aaha’, gwiintsal gwiink’oo. = Yes, it is a little cold.

 

For more translations, view our Native word of the month archives on the Foundation website.

We also invite you to access free online language-learning lessons by signing up for Doyon Languages Online! We currently have lessons available for HolikachukDenaakk’eBenhti Kenaga’ and Gwich’in, as well as a special set of Hän lessons based on the work of the late Isaac Juneby. All interested learners may sign up and access the courses at no charge – sign up today!

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Nitsii Ddhaa in Arctic Village, courtesy of Allan Hayton

We are pleased to share our very first Native words of the month of 2020! Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing these Gwich’in translations:

Neegwadadhat = Year

K’eejit = New, recent, young

Neegwadadhat K’eejit zhit nakhwidivee goozu’! = May you all be well in the New Year!

 

For more translations, view our Native word of the month archives on the Foundation website.

We also invite you to access free online language-learning lessons by signing up for Doyon Languages Online! We currently have lessons available for HolikachukDenaakk’eBenhti Kenaga’ and Gwich’in, as well as a special set of Hän lessons based on the work of the late Isaac Juneby. All interested learners may sign up and access the courses at no charge – sign up today!

We are pleased to share our December 2019 Native words of the month in the Deg Xinag language. This month, we present a very special audio clip featuring translations with speakers George Demientieff Holly, Jr. and LaVerne Demientieff, and music by Clayton Ticknor.

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Take a listen, and follow along with these written translations:

Niłdridr = fish fence

Niłdridr vaxa nonhałts’ey. = Fish fence, with it they fence the river.

Yixudz tr’it’itth. = Together we’re strong.

Dina vas axa tr’ezhrenh. = With our food we’re healthy.

Yidong dong xit’sin’ nonxixititlts’et. = Since long, long time ago they’ve made it many times on the river.

For more translations, view our Native word of the month archives on the Foundation website.

We also invite you to access free online language-learning lessons by signing up for Doyon Languages Online! We currently have lessons available for HolikachukDenaakk’eBenhti Kenaga’ and Gwich’in, as well as a special set of Hän lessons based on the work of the late Isaac Juneby. All interested learners may sign up and access the courses at no charge – sign up today!

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Photo courtesy of WikiMedia Commons

We are pleased to share our November 2019 Native words of the month in Holikachuk. This month, we feature a short conversation between Tristan Madros and Mary Deacon.

Tristan: Sits’ida’onh dant’anh? (What are you doing my friend?)

 

Mary: Gooqa yix ts’i ghisoł. (I’m walking to the store.)

 

Tristan: Koon ninagi’eł. (See you later.)

 

For more translations, view our Native word of the month archives on the Foundation website.

We also invite you to access free online language-learning lessons by signing up for Doyon Languages Online! We currently have lessons available for HolikachukDenaakk’eBenhti Kenaga’ and Gwich’in, as well as a special set of Hän lessons based on the work of the late Isaac Juneby. All interested learners may sign up and access the courses at no charge – sign up today!

 

Winter cabin by Jacob Yule

Photo courtesy of Jacob Yule

We are pleased to share our October 2019 Native words of the month in Denaakk’e. This month, we feature a short conversation between two sisters: Beverly Kokrine and Susan Paskvan.

Beverly: Sodaa, do’eent’aa? (My older sister, how are you?)

Susan: Sedaats, eszoonh. (My younger sister, I’m fine.)

Beverly: Hedoneehoyh. (Come inside.)

Susan: Baasee’ sedaadzaa. (Thank you my younger sister.)

For more translations, view our Native word of the month archives on the Foundation website.

We also invite you to access free online language-learning lessons by signing up for Doyon Languages Online! We currently have lessons available for HolikachukDenaakk’eBenhti Kenaga’ and Gwich’in, as well as a special set of Hän lessons based on the work of the late Isaac Juneby. All interested learners may sign up and access the courses at no charge – sign up today!

We are pleased to present our September 2019 Native words of the month in Holikachuk. Thank you to our speakers, Elizabeth Keating and Mary Deacon.

Windy = xidets’iyh

Xidets’iyh he’? = Is it windy?

 

Yoonedz xidets’iyh. = There’s a North wind coming down.

 

For more translations, view our Native word of the month archives on the Foundation website.

We also invite you to access free online language-learning lessons by signing up for Doyon Languages Online! We currently have lessons available for HolikachukDenaakk’eBenhti Kenaga’ and Gwich’in, as well as a special set of Hän lessons based on the work of the late Isaac Juneby. All interested learners may sign up and access the courses at no charge – sign up today!

We are pleased to present our August 2019 Native words of the month in Hän.

Salmon

Thank you to our speaker, the late Isaac Juneby.

Łuu choo = Salmon

Łuu choo nįdhän. = He wants salmon

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Thank you to our speaker, Ruth Ridley.

Ä̀h’ä̀ä = Outside

Ä̀h’ä̀ä k’oh hònlįį. = It is cloudy outside.

For more translations, view our Native word of the month archives on the Foundation website.

We also invite you to access free online language-learning lessons by signing up for Doyon Languages Online! We currently have lessons available for HolikachukDenaakk’eBenhti Kenaga’ and Gwich’in, as well as a special set of Hän lessons based on the work of the late Isaac Juneby. All interested learners may sign up and access the courses at no charge – sign up today!

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