Language Champions

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.

View the most recent Language Champion profiles below, or click here to view all of the profiles.

Storyteller language profile: ethel beck, bertha ulvi and karma ulvi

In this Storyteller language profile, Ethel Beck, Bertha Ulvi and Bertha's daughter, Karma Ulvi, join our language revitalization program director, Allan Hayton, via Zoom from Eagle to speak about their work with the Hän language. You can watch or listen to the full...

Storyteller Language Profile: Teisha Simmons

In our Storyteller profile series, we highlight the dreams, journeys and achievements of our students, alumni and supporters. Profiles are available to read, watch and listen. In this Storyteller language profile, our language revitalization program director, Allan...

Storyteller Language Profile: Teresa Hanson

A language advocate whose dedication to the Dinak’i language shapes her professional life, Teresa Hanson began work in 2002 for the Village of Telida, where her grant writing has consistently secured funding for projects to document and teach Dinak’i. Teresa was born...
Cora Demit

Language Champion: Cora Demit

“I was determined to keep my language”- Cora Demit A fluent speaker in the Upper Tanana language Nee’aanèegn’, Cora S. Demit is an Elder from Northway who contributes recorded lessons for Doyon Foundation's Doyon Languages Online project. Cora is the daughter of...

LANGUAGE JOURNEYS: POLLY HYSLOP ON UPPER TANANA

https://youtu.be/Wxz5qqUlkX4 In the October 2021 edition of Language Journeys, Polly Hyslop shared some of her memories of growing up in Northway, hearing her Native language, Nee’aanèegn’ (Upper Tanana) from Elders, and eventually reconnecting with the language when...