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.

View the most recent Native Word of the Month posts below, or click here to view all of the posts.

June 2022 Native Word of the Month

Sunset at the boat launch in Tanacross. Photo courtesy of Allan Hayton, who took this photo during a recent visit to the area. In the June Native Word of the Month, we share two audio clips from our Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross) Doyon Languages Online...

May 2022 Native Word of the Month

Photo credit: James Brooks Our May 2022 Native Word of the Month celebrates spring and the changes in the landscape that come with the new season. Łuu hijii. = The ice is going out.Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in) A special thank you to Allan Diton Hayton for providing...

April 2022 Native Word of the Month

Our April Native Word of the Month features students from the Native language class at Effie Kokrine Charter School introducing themselves and sharing a word or phrase in their Native language. We are so excited that students are using our Doyon Languages Online...

March 2022 Native Word of the Month

It's that time of year, when people from all over are gathering (in person and virtually!) for the Doyon, Limited annual meeting and other events in Fairbanks! All of us here at Doyon Foundation are excited to welcome these visitors, and we're happy to share this...

January 2022 Native Word of the Month

For our January 2022 Native Word of the Month, we wanted to share a new feature on our website: interactive flashcards in Benhti Kokhut’ana Kenaga’ (Lower Tanana), featuring artwork by Natilly Hovda and audio translations by David Engles. (Read more about the project...