Language Projects

Katie John

Mount Sanford

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Language Projects

Ahtna Athabascan is the language of the Copper River and the upper Susitna and Nenana drainages in eight communities. The total population is about is about 500 with perhaps 80 speakers. The first extensive linguistic work on Ahtna was begun in 1973 by James Kari, who published a comprehensive dictionary of the language in 1990.

--Alaska Native Language Center

Gramma Katie's Lessons

Lessons from Gramma Katie was recorded with linguist, James Kari, and folklorist, Cynthea Ainsworth. It is part of a series of booklets made possible by an ANA language grant awarded to Mt. Sanford Tribal Consortium.

Chistochina Ahtna Listening Exercises

Translation by Lena Charley
Edited by J.T. Ritter

A joint production of Mt. Sanford Tribal Consortium - Native Language Program (funded by a grant from the Administration for Native Americans) and Yukon Native Language Centre, Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon.

Lena Charley grew up in the Twin Lakes and Nabesna Bar area of the Copper River Vally. She moved to Chistochina Village in the 1950's so that her children could attend school. Long concerned about the transmission of traditional knowledge, she began teaching her language in that school during the winter of 1999. Her translation for the booklet, Chistochina Ahtna Basic Language Lessons was the first Native Language book produced for Chistochina Village.

Mentasta Ahtna Language Lessons

Translation by Katie John
Edited by James Kari and Cynthea L. Ainsworth

A joint production of Mt. Sanford Tribal Consortium - Native Language Program (funded by a grant from the Administration for Native Americans) and Yukon Native Language Centre, Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon.

Katie John has been involved with teaching her Native Language for over 25 years. She participated in the creation of the Ahtna alphabet, and she was the first to teach her language in the 1970's at Mentasta School. She returned to the classroom in the late 1990's to support the children who wished to learn their own language.

Lower Ahtna Language Lessons

Translation by Henry and Etta Bell
Transcription by James Kari
Edited by Cynthea L. Ainsworth

This booklet is part of the Basic Language Lesson series created by Mt. Sanford Tribal Consortium's Native Language Program between 1998 and 2005.

This booklet is organized to reflect the traditional seasonal patterns of Athabascan people and designed to provide structured lessons throughout a school year.

Cantwell Ahtna Language Lessons

Translation by Jane Nicholas and Louise Mayo with Jake Tansy
Edited by James Kari and Cynthea L. Ainsworth

This booklet is part of the Basic Language Lesson series created by Mt. Sanford Tribal Consortium's Native Language Program between 1998 and 2005.

This booklet is organized to reflect the traditional seasonal patterns of Athabascan people and designed to provide structured lessons throughout a school year.

Language Sound Files

Coming soon....

YNLC - Online Lessons and Storybooks

Ahtna Lessons
Chistochina Dialect
Recorded by Lena Charley

Stacnel'iita' Gha Nahkolnic - Story about Stacnel'iita'
Ahtna Language
Lena Charley
Chistochina, AK

Ben Nilgha'aa Delyaa Gha Nahkolnic (Story about Twin Lakes)
Ahtna Language
Lena Charley
Chistochina, AK

Dasts'ene Gha Nakolnic (Story about Dasts'ene)
Ahtna Language
Katie John, Dits'ilnaan
Mentasta, AK

Natael Gha Nahwkolnic - A Story About Natael (Batzulnetas Village)
Ahtna Language
Katie John, Dits'ilnaan
Mentasta, AK


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