Dach' Dena'inaq' Qeyegh Nuqelnixch'
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Dach' Dena'inaq' Qeyegh Nuqelnixch'

Deggech' Tinitun Dilah Venah Qech': The Upper Trail to Telaquana Lake
Told by Agnes Cusma. Recorded by Jim Kari on April 10, 1980 in Nondalton.


Ggugguyni Sukdu: Raven Story
Told by Mary Oskolkoff. Recorded by Jim Kari March 30, 1976, in Anchorage. Transcribed and translated by Jim Kari with Helen Dick, February 2005.


Htsast'a Ghu Nał Qighit'ach': How It Was in the Past for Us
Told by Andrew Balluta.


Kił Ch'qinaghiłnik'en Sutdu'a: The Story of the Stupid Boy
Told by Albert Wassillie. Written by Albert Wassillie in 1975. Published in Dena’ina T’qit’ach’, The Way the Tanainas Are, pp. 24-27. Alaska Native Language Center, Fairbanks. Recorded in Tyonek, February 1975.


K'nuy'a Uhu Ch'el'ani: We Go For Beaver
Told by Peter Kalifornsky. Recorded by James Kari, 1975. Published in A Dena'ina Legacy: The Collected Writings of Peter Kalifornsky, pp. 364-365. Alaska Native Language Center, Fairbanks. 1991.


K'qizaghetnu Ht'ana: Lime Village Territory
Told by Pete Bobby. Recorded in February, 1975.


K'uhda'i Ghuseltax Ha Nił'unilyax: A Moose is Skinned and Butchered
Told by Andrew Balluta.


Łi Ta'a: Glacial Water
Told by Antone Evan, recorded by Priscilla Russell in Nondalton in June of 1981. Dena'ina text first transcribed by Albert Wassillie in 1985 in 18 page handwritten ms. Translated by Jim Kari with Andrew Balluta in 1985 with inserts; revised in 2004. Presented here as Antone Evan first told it, without inserts by Andrew Balluta.


Łuq'a Ch'k'ezkelghayi: Putting Up Salmon
Told by Peter Kalifornsky. Recorded in 1974. Published in A Dena'ina Legacy: The Collected Writings of Peter Kalifornsky, pp. 362-363. Alaska Native Language Center, Fairbanks. 1991.


Naq'eltanich' Bahdach'nelneshi: The Lords Prayer
Told by Peter Kalifornsky. Recorded by Sondra Stuart, ca. 1989. Published in A Dena'ina Legacy: The Collected Writings of Peter Kalifornsky, pp. 414-415. Alaska Native Language Center, Fairbanks. 1991.


Ndalvay Heyenghiłyihch': How They Used to Train Geese
Told by Vonga Bobby. Recorded in Lime Village, Alaska by Priscilla Russell, November 2, 1991. First translated with Luther Hobson. Transcribed by Jim Kari, translated with Helen Dick, March, 1996.


Nughil Vetnu Nudghiłent: At the Waterfall on Newhalen River
Told by Gabriel Trefon in 1961. Recorded by Clark Davis in Nondalton. Transcribed by Jim Kari. Translated by Andrew Balluta and Jim Kari, April 15, 1985. Note that this rock is on the lower Newhalen River, just below the Gorge. Photos courtesy National Park Service.


Qetitl' K'elik'a Ch'tunik'nasdzeden: Potlach Song of a Lonely Man
Told by Peter Kalifornsky. Recorded by Sondra Stuart, ca. 1989. Published in A Dena'ina Legacy: The Collected Writings of Peter Kalifornsky, pp. 466-467. Alaska Native Language Center, Fairbanks. 1991.


Qunshi Uquch'elani: Beluga Hunting
Told by Peter Kalifornsky. Published in A Dena'ina Legacy: The Collected Writings of Peter Kalifornsky, pp. 366-367. Alaska Native Language Center, Fairbanks. 1991.


Shanteh Nuch'ghunexch': Summer Boat Travel on the Upper Stony River
Told by Pete Bobby. Recorded in Lime Village by James Kari, August 24, 1994. Transcribed and translated by James Kari, with Paula Bobby in June 1998, and with Helen Dick in February 2005.


Susitnu Htsukdu'a: Susitna Story
Told by Shem Pete.


Unhsah Tahna'ina: The First Underwater People (Russians)
Told by Fedosia Sacaloff in 1975. Published in Shem Pete's Alaska: The Territory of the Upper Cook Inlet Dena'ina, pp. 356-357. University of Alaska Press, 2003. The Dena'ina gave the name tahdna ‘underwater people’ to the first people who arrived in the Inlet by ship. The name later came to be used to refer to the Russians. This story shows that the Dena'ina have maintained a historical story of the Cook party's arrival in Cook Inlet. The incident in which a dog is shot is strong evidence that the story refers to Cook's party. The story seems to blend Cook's encounter on the western shore, where the canoes first approached his ships, with his landing at Point Possession, where a dog was shot.


This site was edited by James Kari and Andrea Berez.
Funded by National Science Foundation grant 0326805, PI's Helen Aristar-Dry, Veronica Grondona, and Gary Holton.

Dach' Dena'inaq' Qeyegh Nuqelnixch'