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Koyukon Language (Ten'a)

Koyukon is an Athabascan language of Alaska. The language has been in decline, with mostly older people still speaking it, but some younger people are working to keep their ancestral language alive.

Koyukon Language Resources

Koyukon Vocabulary:
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Koyukon language, with comparison to words in other Athabaskan languages.
Tanana Tribal Council Language Lessons
     Audio language lessons in Upper Koyukon including pronunciation, phrases and some grammar.
Koyukon Alphabet
     Illustrated orthography of Koyukon, with examples.
Raven's Story
     Recordings of oral history from Koyukon elders, in Koyukon and in English.
Koyukon Language, Past and Present
     Article on language loss and revitalization among the Koyukon Athabaskans.
Ten'a Prayers:
    Koyukon translation of the Hail Mary prayer.
Athapaskan Languages of Alaska
     Place names in Koyukon, Ahtna, Tanana, Gwich'in, and Tanaina.
Athapaskan Women's Costumes and Ornaments:
    Photographs and descriptions of Dene, Tutchone, Koyukon, and Slavey traditional clothing.
Koyukon Athabaskan Dictionary
     Koyukon-English dictionary for sale.
Stories We Live by: Traditional Koyukon Athabaskan Stories
     Bilingual presentation of Koyukon Indian legends.

Koyukon Culture and History Links

Koyukon Map
     Map of the territory of the Koyukon and neighboring peoples in Alaska.
Koyukon Legends:
    Collection of Koyukon mythology and traditional stories.
Koyukon Authors * Phyllis Ann Fast * Mary Tall Mountain:
    Koyukon Indian writers, their lives and work.
Make Prayers to the Raven: A Koyukon View of the Northern Forest
     Ethnography of the Koyukon Athapaskans by an anthropologist who lived among them.



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