See below for our April and May Native words of the month in Gwich’in! Hai’ (thank you) to Allan Hayton for providing the translation and photography.P1120223

April 

Gwahahgo’ = It is turning springtime.

Chiitaii gwahahgo’ ts’a’ shroonch’yaa gwilii. = It is becoming springtime and nice outside.

Listen to an audio recording.

May 

Ch’at’an = Leaves

Aat’oo kat ch’at’an kwaii neegwahshii. = The leaves are spouting on the birch trees.

Listen to an audio recording.

Each month, a new Native word or phrase and definition will be shared on our website, as well as on our blog and Facebook page, along with an audio recording of the pronunciation.

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Have an idea for a Native Word of the Month? Please email your idea to haytona@doyon.com.

Each month, we post a new Native word or phrase on our website. Our July Native word is Geege oonst’aan’, which means I am picking berries. Have a translation in another language? Share it with us on our Facebook page! And be sure to check out our website for an audio recording of this month’s word and an archive of previous Native words of the month!

Language preservation and education is important to us at the Doyon Foundation. One way we demonstrate this is with our Native Word of the Month. The featured May word is:

Dets’en okko enkk’o’eedoyh = He is hunting for geese.
(Koyukon Athabascan)

To hear an audio recording of this month’s word, click here.

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Want to see previous words of the month? Click here.

Thank you to Lorraine David for providing this month’s translation.