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RSVP today to join us May 22

The Doyon Foundation graduate reception is going virtual this year! While we will miss coming together in person in Fairbanks, we are excited for the opportunity to include students and supporters from across the country in a way we’ve never done before.

Whether you are a graduate, student, alumni, family, friend, teacher or other supporter, please mark your calendar and plan to join us:

Doyon Foundation 2020 Graduate Reception

Friday, May 22

2 p.m. AKST

Via ZOOM

RSVP to milkp@doyon.com by Wednesday, May 20 at 5 p.m. to receive the ZOOM link to join us

Our agenda includes a welcome from our executive director, Doris Miller; Doyon, Limited’s president and CEO, Aaron Schutt; and our board president, Jennifer Fate.

Plus, we’ll hear from our 2020 graduate speaker, Bruce Ervin, who graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) with his bachelor’s degree in Alaska Native studies, and our alumni speaker (and board member!) Matthew Calhoun, who received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in 2002, his master’s in civil engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2010, and a doctorate of philosophy in civil engineering from UAF in 2015. Calhoun is currently a tenure-track assistant professor of civil engineering at UAA.

Then, all of our 2020 grads in attendance will have the opportunity to introduce themselves live from wherever they are!

If you are graduating this year, please be sure to complete our 2020 graduate information form in advance of the event so we can include you in the graduate reception presentation.

A special thank you to Doyon, Limited’s communications and IT teams for helping us arrange this very special, first-of-its-kind Foundation event. We hope you can join us to celebrate the Class of 2020!

 

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Mary Jane Fate was a visionary leader and influential advocate who dedicated her life to creating opportunities for Alaska Native people. Mary Jane’s accomplishments are too numerous to list and include co-founding the Fairbanks Native Association, co-founding the Breast Cancer Detection Center, co-chairing the Alaska Federation of Natives, serving as president and board member of Rampart Village Corporation, Baan O Yeel Kon, and serving on the Alaska Airlines board of directors for 25 years. Mary Jane was one of the original lobbyists for the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which created Alaska Native Corporations and conveyed 40 million acres of land to Alaska Natives.

We at Doyon Foundation are honored to have a scholarship in her name: The Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund was established by their daughter, Jennifer Fate, in 2017 to honor her parents’ accomplishments for the betterment of the Doyon people. The scholarship supports students who contribute to the social or economic well-being of the Alaska Native community – following in Mary Jane’s inspiring footsteps. We are pleased that this scholarship will carry forward Mary Jane’s incredible legacy to future generations.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Mary Jane’s husband, Hugh “Bud” Fate, and her daughter, our board president, Jennifer, as well as all of her family and friends.

DKH Headshot 6Doyon Foundation is pleased to welcome Dewey Kk’ołeyo Putyuk Hoffman as our new Doyon Languages Online project manager. In this role, Dewey is responsible for the coordination and completion of the Doyon Languages Online project, which has been in development for the past three years.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for the Doyon Languages Online project, which we launched last summer with the roll-out of the first four online language-learning courses in Holikachuk, Gwich’inDenaakk’e and Benhti Kenaga’,” said Doris Miller, Foundation executive director. “We are thrilled to welcome Dewey, who is a previous Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient and active advocate for culture, education and language.”

“There was great work completed by the Doyon Languages Online team prior to my joining Doyon Foundation. I look forward to building upon that work and seeing the project through to its successful completion,” said Dewey, adding that they are currently working to complete a fifth language course, Hän, which is the language spoken in Eagle, Alaska, and across the Canadian border in Moosehide and Dawson City, Yukon Territory.

A Doyon Foundation alumnus, Dewey received basic and competitive scholarships during his undergraduate and graduate studies program between 2004 and 2019. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 2009, and a master’s in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2019.

Dewey’s education and career demonstrate his strong interest in positive youth development through cultural education, which is in line with his lifelong love of language learning and cultural exchange across the world. Prior to joining Doyon Foundation full time in 2020, Dewey was a content creator for the Denaakk’e course through Doyon Languages Online, as well as a community partner who helped host language-related gatherings in Fairbanks and Anchorage. He was a preschool teacher in Fairbanks Native Association’s Denaakk’e Head Start Classroom, the Indigenous leadership continuum director at First Alaskans Institute, and development manager at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. He is also the owner of Hoozoonh, a consulting business offering services in curriculum design, strategic planning, meeting facilitation and other special projects.

“I want to learn more about hands-on language planning, and work with the Interior Native communities to carry forward the vision of one people many languages,” he said. “Our Indigenous languages are extremely important and useful. Nogheedeno’! It is coming back to life!”

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It’s the New Year, which also means it’s time to apply for your PFD and Pick. Click. Give! We thank everyone who has made a Pick. Click. Give. contribution to Doyon Foundation in the past, and we invite everyone to consider making a pledge when you apply for your 2020 PFD.

When you Pick. Click. Give. to Doyon Foundation, you:

1. Pick students. Scholarships. Education. Strong workforces. Dreams coming true. Your Pick. Click. Give. pledge goes to support our scholarship program, which has awarded nearly 16,000 scholarships totaling $11.6 million since our inception 30 years ago. Think of all the careers launched and educational dreams come true!

2. Click to support language revitalization. By clicking to support Doyon Foundation through Pick. Click. Give., you are making it possible for us to continue our important work in the revitalization of the Native languages of the Doyon region. We launched the first Doyon Languages Online courses last summer, and more are in the works. You can sign up to learn your language for free right now on our website!

3. Give back. Many of our donors are Doyon Foundation alumni, previous scholarship recipients, who want to find a way to give back, to say thank you, to support the next generation of students. Whether you benefitted from Foundation scholarships yourself, or simply want to lend a hand to today’s students, we welcome your support.

If you would like to help forward our mission to provide educational, career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon shareholders, we invite you to Pick. Click. Give. when you complete your 2020 Alaska PFD application. Already submitted your application? It’s easy to log back in and add a Pick. Click. Give. contribution.

You can also give by:

  • Mailing a check. Make it out to Doyon Foundation and send to 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101, Fairbanks, AK 99701.

Thank you for your support of Doyon Foundation and the students and languages we serve!

Strong roots connect us to our well-being”

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Jennifer with her great-aunt, Dr. Elizabeth Fleagle

Originally from the Interior community of Allakaket on the Koyukuk River, Jennifer Adams is the daughter of the late Bob Maguire of Chelan, Washington, and the late Cora (Moses) Maguire of Allakaket. Jennifer’s maternal grandparents are Johnson Bergman Moses of Allakaket and the late Bertha (Nictune) Moses of Alatna. Other family include Jennifer’s great-aunt, Dr. Elizabeth Fleagle, a sister of Bertha Moses.

Jennifer is director of the Juneau-based Small Business Development Center, a unit within the Alaska Small Business Development Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. A Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, Jennifer graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor’s degree in 2004 and a master’s of business administration in 2013. Her languages are Denaakk’e, spoken by Koyukon Alaska Native people, and Inupiaq, spoken by Inupiaq Alaska Native people.

Jennifer was a child when her father began introducing her to Inupiaq and Koyukon Athabascan. A non-Native teacher who came to Alaska straight out of college to teach at rural schools, Bob eventually arrived at Allakaket and met Cora, Jennifer’s mother.

Bob immersed himself in Koyukon and Athabascan cultures and in the lifestyles of Allakaket and Alatna. From his father-in-law, Johnson Moses, Bob learned Koyukon Athabascan vocabulary; his mother-in-law, Bertha Nictune Moses, taught him Inupiaq words. Jennifer grew up hearing her father readily incorporate both languages in everyday life.

“He’d say, ‘Wipe your nuvuk,’ (‘boogers,’ in Inupiaq) or ‘You have a big chaga,’ (‘stomach,’ in Koyukon Athabascan),” Jennifer says. And while Episcopal missionaries arriving in the early 1900s taught Jennifer’s parents not to speak their languages – and to not pass them on to their children – Jennifer’s mother went on to learn to speak Koyukon Athabascan as adult after studying at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Jennifer was enrolled in a fifth-grade bilingual Inupiaq class at Shugnak while her mother completed student teaching at a local school.

Jennifer believes that reconnecting Indigenous people to their culture and languages promotes a healthy society. And though her home in Juneau is far from people who speak her Native languages, Jennifer retains her connection by taking part in programs, including the He ‘ lelo Ola Hilo Field Study Conference in Hilo, Hawaii, in 2017.

“The conference was vital to learning about language immersion programs,” she says. Knowledge gained there led her to write a $1.6 million grant awarded to the Fairbanks Native Association for a Koyukon Athabascan classroom immersion program for preschoolers.

Her plans include continuing to research and write grants and enrolling in language courses in Inupiaq and Koyukon Athabascan. She also serves on Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization committee and was elected to the Foundation board of directors in November 2019.

“I’d like to thank Doyon Foundation and any other organizations that are instrumental in language learning programs,” she says. She knows from her own childhood that one of the best ways to acquire language is to use it in everyday settings.

“Language connects me to my culture,” Jennifer says. “It’s important to learn and preserve language knowledge so we have strong roots that connect us to our well-being.”

About Doyon Languages Online

Through the Doyon Language Online project, Doyon Foundation is developing introductory online lessons for Holikachuk, Denaakk’e (Koyukon), Benhti Kenaga’ (Lower Tanana), Hän, Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in), Deg Xinag, Dinak’i (Upper Kuskokwim), Nee’anděg’ (Tanacross) and Née’aaneegn’ (Upper Tanana). The project officially launched in summer 2019 with the first four courses, now available for free to all interested learners.

Doyon Languages Online is funded by a three-year grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), awarded in 2016, and an additional three-year grant from the Alaska Native Education Program (ANEP), awarded in 2017.

As Doyon Foundation continues to grow our language revitalization efforts in the Doyon region, we believe it is important to recognize people who are committed to learning and perpetuating their ancestral language. We are pleased to share some of these “language champion” profiles with you.

If you know a language champion, please nominate him or her by contacting our language program director at foundation@doyon.com. Language champions may also complete our profile questionnaire here. You may learn more about our language revitalization program on our website, or sign up to access the free Doyon Languages Online courses here.

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of Doyon Foundation! Over the coming year, we will be celebrating our 30 years of providing educational, career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon shareholders.

Join us in commemorating this milestone by sharing a story, photo or video about how the Foundation has touched your life on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to tag #DF30 so we can see it!

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The 2019 report is in, and we give our thanks to the 51 Alaskans who donated to Doyon Foundation through Pick. Click. Give. this year. The $3,475 in donations was up slightly from last year, and we – and our students – are very grateful for your support. See a list of our 2019 donors on our website.

These donations go directly to our general scholarship fund, which provides basic scholarships ranging from $800 for part-time students to $1,200 for full-time students. These scholarships support not only students pursuing traditional four-year degrees, but also certificates, associate degrees and vocational training. We invite you to visit our blog to read profiles featuring students who have benefitted from your generosity!

Mark your calendar – the 2020 Pick. Click. Give. season begins January 1, with the opening of the Alaska PFD application period! It’s simple and easy to make a pledge when completing your PFD application – and it makes a big difference for our students.

Pick. Click. Give. is just one way you can show your support of Doyon Foundation. Other options include:

However you show your support, know that you are helping us work toward our mission to provide educational, career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon shareholders. Thank you for your support!

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Doyon Foundation will be closed Thursday and Friday to celebrate the holiday with our families and friends. We give thanks for all of our students, volunteers, language teachers and learners, staff, board members, donors and other supporters. We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Oline (far left) with her granddaughter, Stephanie (middle), and Teresa Hanson

Born in the Athabascan community of Nikolai, Oline Petruska is a Doyon Foundation language champion committed to speaking and writing Dinak’i, the language of Alaska Native people of the upper Kuskokwim River. Oline is a daughter of Miska and Anna Alexia, and a granddaughter of Alex and Lena Alexia, all of Nikolai.

From 1961 to 1963, Oline attended Mount Edgecumbe High School, the Sitka-based residential school attracting primarily Alaska Native students from around the state. In 1969, she joined VISTA, the Kennedy-era national service program aimed at alleviating poverty, and served as a preschool and adult basic education teacher in Nikolai.

Oline’s family includes her daughter, Shirley, of Nikolai; brother, Mike, of Anchorage; and granddaughter, Stephanie, of Nikolai. All are studying Dinak’i through Doyon Foundation’s Doyon Languages Online project, which offers free access to online courses in Alaska Native languages spoken throughout the Doyon region. Doyon Foundation officially launched Doyon Languages Online in summer 2019 with the release of the first four courses in Gwich’inDenaakk’eBenhti Kenaga’ and Holikachuk.

A visitor dropping by is likely to find Oline busy with her language lessons, turning Dinak’i written words into sentences describing the world around her. “I know the language,” she says, “but I want to learn to write it, so that kids in the future will have something to learn by. I’ve always had a desire to see people learn and get ahead.”

Motivating her own learning are childhood memories of her grandmother and mother, making their way in a world where sled dog teams ran the mail trail through Nikolai and her mother worked at a local roadhouse. “It brings back memories of mom and grandma, talking a long time ago,” Oline says of her own efforts to speak and write the Dinak’i language.

As a little girl attending school in Nikolai, Oline recalls being punished for speaking her language. “I had no interest in writing or speaking (Dinak’i) until just about a year ago. It just takes me to make up my mind to do something,” she says with a laugh. She enrolled in lessons through Doyon Foundation and has been working steadily with the goal of writing in Dinak’i.

“I’m constantly writing words down – words that I think are cool – and after a while I’ll write a sentence. It’s been exciting to learn,” she says. A recent afternoon had Oline observing the changing seasons: In Dinak’i she wrote, It’s windy and the leaves are falling. 

Consulting a dictionary helps. So does persistence. Oline says that compared with English, written words in Dinak’i can seem very long. Even an everyday word like “sewing” can send Oline to the dictionary to check her translation. “I still have trouble figuring out how to write some words,” she says. “I enjoy the challenge.”

A chance to work with schoolchildren last year convinced her that language revitalization efforts belong in the elementary-grade classrooms. She recalls two children – a fourth grader and fifth grader – so ready to learn that they acquired Dinak’i surprisingly fast. “More people will take the language once it gets into the classrooms, and especially with the young ones,” Oline says. “That’s my hope.”

Doyon Language Online develops introductory online lessons for Holikachuk, Denaakk’e (Koyukon), Benhti Kenaga’ (Lower Tanana), Hän, Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in), Deg Xinag, Dinak’i (Upper Kuskokwim), Nee’anděg’ (Tanacross) and Née’aaneegn’ (Upper Tanana).

Doyon Languages Online is funded by a three-year grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), awarded in 2016, and an additional three-year grant from the Alaska Native Education Program (ANEP), awarded in 2017.

As Doyon Foundation continues to grow our language revitalization efforts in the Doyon region, we believe it is important to recognize people who are committed to learning and perpetuating their ancestral language. We are pleased to share some of these “language champion” profiles with you.

If you know a language champion, please nominate him or her by contacting our language program director at foundation@doyon.com. Language champions may also complete our profile questionnaire here. You may learn more about our language revitalization program on our website, or sign up to access the free Doyon Languages Online courses here.

59_DF_FB_AutoGraphic_512x512Doyon Foundation held its board of directors election at its annual membership meeting on November 15 in Fairbanks. At that time, the board also voted to increase the number of board seats from seven to nine.

“As a small, private foundation, we rely on our volunteer board and committees to help us provide services and work toward our mission,” said Doris Miller, Foundation executive director. “Expanding the board means we have more talented people bringing their skills to the table.”

Sonta Hamilton Roach and LaVerne Demientieff were re-elected to the board, and newly elected board members include Jennifer Adams, Matthew Calhoun and Mariah Pitka-Jenkins.

These members join Jennifer Fate, Marie Cleaver, LaVerne Huntington and Aaron Roth on the Foundation board.

The Foundation extends its deep gratitude to exiting board member, Lanien Livingston, who has served on the Foundation board as president for the past seven years.

“We are very grateful for Lanien’s service on our board. Her leadership, ideas and dedication have helped grow the Foundation over the past seven years. With her support, we have expanded our scholarship program to serve even more students at a higher level, and are launching a groundbreaking online language revitalization project. We thank her, we will miss her, and we wish her the very best,” Miller said.

Alyssa“I would not have been able to reach my goals without Doyon Foundation”

 

An undergraduate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) scheduled to graduate with an associate degree in process technology in May 2020, Alyssa Sommer is the daughter of Fred Sommer, Jr. and Diane Evans-Sommer of Fairbanks. Alyssa’s maternal grandparents are Lily and Alfred “Dick” Evans of Galena. Her paternal grandparents are Dorothy and the late Fred Sommer, Sr. of Nulato.

Alyssa’s hometown is Fairbanks. She attends UAF with support from a Doyon Foundation competitive scholarship.

Among Alyssa’s lifelong ambitions has been to help run the Fort Wainwright power plant, where she has worked as a coal operator since August 2019. The plant is one of three units owned and operated since 2007 by Doyon Utilities LLC and supplying service to military sites in Alaska. Fairbanks-based Fort Wainwright is home to an electrical distribution system, a central heat and power plant, and a heat distribution system, among other services operated by Doyon Utilities.

Alyssa’s plans after graduation include advancing to boiler operations and controls at the power plant. Fort Wainwright is an Army installation that includes some 1,400 on-post housing units. Its civilian and military population totals about 11,000.

“I’m looking forward to learning and progressing,” says Alyssa, who enjoys tracing various boiler system components to gain greater insight into the unit overall. Daily tasks include unloading coal from rail cars; directing coal through the plant system; and inspecting equipment and hauling ash to the landfill. “From the first time I saw process technicians in action in 2011, I knew that was the job I wanted,” Alyssa says. She values the chance to work close to home and among welcoming coworkers.

“I would not have been able to reach my goals without Doyon Foundation,” Alyssa says. “Doyon Foundation has helped me start the journey in my desired lifelong field.” In 2016 she earned a certificate in welding from UAF and an associate degree in diesel mechanics from the University of Alaska Southeast. In each semester she was awarded Doyon Foundation scholarships.

Attending school full-time while working a physically demanding full-time job has Alyssa managing a hectic schedule. “It’s quite important to me to get in family time whenever I can,” she says. Going for long drives, taking walks, swimming, cooking and going to the movies are among ways that she manages stress while enjoying family and friends.

“Time has its challenges,” she says. “I never quite feel prepared at times. But I push forward. I try not to beat myself up if I don’t get the grade I want or if I find I need to take a break for a day.”

Her advice to other students: Remember that stress can undermine focus that’s needed to do well in school. “Try not to stress,” Alyssa says. “Take a day to relax when needed.”

Meet more of our students! Check out our more student profiles on our blog. 

Learn more about Doyon Foundation and our scholarships on our website!

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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!

 

Nearly 60 Doyon Foundation students, alumni and supporters gathered to celebrate the Foundation’s fall 2019 scholarship recipients at the annual scholarship award ceremony, which took place August 30 in Fairbanks. Doris Miller, Foundation executive director, and LaVerne Demientieff, Foundation board member and chair of the language revitalization committee, welcomed all in attendance.830192.jpg

At the event, the Foundation announced its 2019 full-time and part-time basic scholarship recipients, as well as the 2019 – 2020 competitive scholarship recipients. This fall, the Foundation awarded 277 scholarships, including 83 part-time basic scholarships, 148 full-time basic scholarships, and 46 competitive scholarships, for a grand total of $378,000.

Guests, including VIPs University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen and members of Doyon, Limited’s board of directors and senior management, heard from alumna speaker, Sonja Sommer, and student speaker, Rebekah Hartman.

Sommer received an associate degree in applied accounting, an occupational endorsement certificate in bookkeeping, and a bachelor’s of business administration in general business, all from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Hartman, a junior at UAF pursuing a bachelor’s degree in animation, was selected this fall for the $5,000 Morris Thompson Committee Choice competitive scholarship. The event was particularly special for Hartman, whose parents surprised her by driving from Wasilla to Fairbanks to show their support at the ceremony.

p1000800.jpgThe 23 students in attendance also had the opportunity to introduce themselves to the audience.

Miller offered a special thank you to donors, including Doyon, Limited, whose generosity makes these scholarships possible.

The next scholarship application deadline is Friday, November 15, 2019, for basic scholarships for the spring 2020 semester. Doyon shareholders and descendants are eligible to apply for Foundation scholarships, which include advanced college credit awards for high school students, short-term vocational scholarships, basic scholarships for part-time and full-time students, and competitive scholarships.

For more information, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

 

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Due to the inclement weather, we have decided to cancel tonight’s student dinner in Fairbanks. We are sorry for the last-minute notice and inconvenience, but the safety of our students, Elders, staff and supporters is always our top priority. Please stay safe and stay tuned for details on a new event date.

What are you doing on Wednesday, November 6? If you are in Fairbanks, we hope you’ll join us at our fall student dinner! Denakkanaaga has graciously offered to host the student dinner, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. on November 6 at 101 Dunkel St., Suite 135 in Fairbanks.

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Student Noah Lovell, featured speaker at our 2019 fall student dinner

There will be delicious food, fun activities and great company. Plus, student Noah Lovell will be there to share about his internship experience!

Doyon Foundation alumni are invited to bring a dish to share or a door prize to be awarded at the dinner. If you would like to volunteer, please contact nelsonk@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to nelsonk@doyon.com or 907.459.2048. Hope to see you there!

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We are excited to share this short comic, written in Gwich’in and illustrated by our summer intern, Claire Ketzler! This book follows a Gwich’in story, Shihtthoo Tr’ik, The Young Brown Bear Woman.

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Translation:
Box 1: There was once a young brown bear woman.
Box 2: She was very, very beautiful.
Box 3: Her father loved her.
Box 4: He did not allow her out alone.

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Translation:
Box 1: Despite this, she left one day for water.
Box 2: When she reached water, she met raven.
Box 3: Raven was always playing tricks.
Box 4: Here! Drink this water I am holding!

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Translation:
Box 1: She decided to drink the water.
Box 2: She drank something black and small in the water.
Box 3: That night she went back home, she fell ill.

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Translation:
Box 1: She was pregnant, about to give birth.
Box 2: She gave birth. It was a beautiful baby boy.

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Translation:
Box 1: The little boy grew up fast.
Box 2: The boy liked the moon that hung up on the wall.
Box 3: It lit up the house but kept the world in darkness.

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Translation:
Box 1: The son took the moon from its place.
Box 2: His grandfather said,
Box 3: “Don’t take the moon away from the house.”
Box 4: “Stay close by.”

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Translation:
Box 1: The boy didn’t mind his grandfather.
Box 2: He took the moon outside to play with it.
Box 3: Raven was sitting high in a tree watching.

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Translation:
Box 1: Raven swooped in.
Box 2: And took the moon.
Box 3: He threw it high into the sky.

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Translation:
Box 1: The moon is there to this day.

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View a video of the full story on our YouTube channel!

Want to learn Gwich’in, or other languages of the Doyon region? Sign up for the Doyon Languages Online course – free and available to all interested language learners!