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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Lower Tanana Words (Menhti Kenaga)

Welcome to our Lower Tanana vocabulary page! Lower Tanana is an Athapascan language, related to other languages like Gwich'in and Dene Tha. We have included twenty basic Tanana words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. You can find more Lower Tanana words in our online picture glossaries. If you'd like to know a word that is not in these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian words fundraiser or visit our main Tanana language site for more free resources.

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Tanana Word Set

(Click here for Tanana pronunciation guide)

English (Français) Lower Tanana words
One (Un) ts'iłk'i
Two (Deux) notik'a
Three (Trois) tox'i
Four (Quatre) dengi
Five (Cinq) 'ołts'enayi
Man (Homme) dena
Woman (Femme) tr'axa
Dog (Chien) łiga
Sun (Soleil) na'aay
Moon (Lune) na'aay
Water (Eau) tuu'
White (Blanc) ggaye'
Yellow (Jaune) tsik
Red (Rouge) k'ezra'
Black (Noir) t'uuts

Click here to see Tanana vocabulary words compared to words in related Athabaskan languages: Athabaskan Indian Words

Tanana Picture Dictionaries

Here are some themed Tanana word lists we have put together and illustrated for language learners. Feel free to print them out for classroom purposes!

*Tanana animal words
*Tanana body parts
*Tanana color words
*Tanana number words

Additional Resources

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   Native myths and legends
   Native baby names
   Subarctic region



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