Learning a language can bring up long-forgotten memories. Loretta Lolnitz, an apprentice in our Mentor Apprentice Program, is learning Denaakk’e with her mentor and mother, Ethel Esmailka. In our January 2023 Native Word of the Month, Loretta shares a word and a memory from a recent language-learning session with her mom.

Deneege bekk’uł = moose neck

Denaakk’e (Koyukon)

For more Native words, view our archives on the Foundation website.

Denaakk’e is one of the languages available to learn in Doyon Languages Online. Currently available courses include:

  • Benhti Kokhut’ana Kenaga’ (Lower Tanana)
  • Deg Xinag
  • Denaakk’e (Koyukon)
  • Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross)
  • Dinak’i (Upper Kuskokwim)
  • Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)
  • Doogh Qinag (Holikachuk)
  • Hän
  • Nee’aanèegn’ (Upper Tanana)

Doyon Languages Online courses are available for FREE to all interested learners. Find more information and sign up to access the courses at doyonfoundation.com/dlo.