Learn the Upper Cook Inlet Dena’ina word for devil's club in this short clip by Aaron Leggett, Anchorage Museum Curator of Alaska History & Culture
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Dena'ina Word of the Week
Dena’ina has been spoken in Southcentral Alaska for at least the last 1,000 years. Dena’ina, like all Indigenous languages of Alaska, was communicated orally until an alphabet was developed in the 1970s. Since then, many Dena’ina elders and speakers of the four Dena’ina dialects have worked closely with linguists to record the language for future generations, hoping to hear it spoken again by both Dena’ina peoples and those who have moved into the Dena'ina homeland. With Dena’ina Word of the Week, we're honoring the Dena’ina language one word at a time.
Additionally, many resources are available to learn more, including the Alaska Native Language Center, Qenaga.org, and YouTube, where you'll find videos of Dena’ina pronunciation and dialogues to listen to and practice.
Chin’an gheli (Thank you very much)