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.

September 2022 Native Word of the Month

When learning a new word or phrase, it’s estimated that a person needs to hear/see/say it 20 times in 20 different situations. That is why consistent practice and repetition is so important for the teams in our Native language Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP). In our...

August 2022 Native Word of the Month

Our Native language Mentor-Apprentice Program is immersion based, and one of the most important practices is to avoid speaking in English. To help our mentor-apprentice teams be successful, we provided immersion phrases to help them “stay in the language.” In our...

July 2022 Native Word of the Month

https://youtu.be/Mq7vvKBoEuA Our July 2022 Native Word of the Month features a clip from our Storyteller language profile on Denaakk’e language learner, Kimberly Nicholas. In the interview, Kimberly shares the Denaakk’e word for “king salmon,” which is “ggaał.” Our...

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...