Native Word of the Month

Doyon Foundation is pleased to present the Native Words of the Month. Each month, a new Native word or phrase and definition will be shared here on the website, along with an audio recording of the pronunciation. Have a translation in another language? Share it with us on Facebook! Have an idea for a Native Word of the Month? Please email your idea to haytona@doyon.com.

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November 2021 Native Word of the Month

In our Native languages, the names of the months aren’t just words – they describe what is taking place during that time of year. For example, November is referred to as Sooge Zo’, or marten month in Denaakk’e/Koyukon. In Inupiaq, November is Nippivik, or sunset time,...

October 2021 Native Word of the Month

Our October Native Word of the Month honors Every Child Matters Day, a National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Boarding Schools, which was recognized on September 30. Residential schools impacted all Native people and the effects on our people, language and culture...

Let’s Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day 2021!

Today is Indigenous Peoples Day, and Doyon Foundation invites you to celebrate by sharing YOUR language! In 2017, Gov. Bill Walker signed legislation recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska. The law establishes Alaska as the second state in the nation...

September 2021 Native Word of the Month

Nee'aanèegn' (Upper Tanana) speaker, Avis Sam Our September Native Word of the Month comes from a set of Nee'aanèegn' (Upper Tanana) language lessons created by Avis Sam and produced by the Yukon Native Language Centre. Dineh k'èh hǫ̀ǫheeyh? = Do you speak your Native...

August 2021 Native Word of the Month

Ethel Beck cutting fish, as seen in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeDpzAiG6XA Thank you to our speakers, sisters Ruth Ridley and Ethel Beck, for sharing our August 2021 Native Word of the Month in Hän! Ruth: Łuu gąyy nįdhänn? = Would you like some dry...