Benhti Kenaga’ Book and Flashcards Now Available
During her First Alaskans Institute internship at Doyon Foundation in 2019, Natilly wrote and illustrated a children’s book incorporating Benhti Kokhut’ana Kenaga’ (Lower Tanana), one of the Athabascan languages spoken along the Tanana River in Alaska. The book, titled “Łuk’a Ts’iłki One Fish, Łuk’a Notik’a Two Fish, Łuk’a Delk’ezri Red Fish, Łuk’a Lek’wdli White Fish,” is now available as an electronic flipbook or a downloadable PDF on the Doyon Foundation website, www.doyonfoundation.com. A limited number of hard copy books are also available upon request from the Foundation.
“My goal overall was to inspire students to learn more about their own culture and the multitude of Indigenous cultures around Alaska and providing some simple terms they can use daily to help them learn Benhti Kenaga’,” shares Natilly, a Doyon, Limited shareholder and previous Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient. “I wanted to inspire people to learn more about our cultures. Not just our traditions, our languages or our songs, but our history and to grow an appreciation of the environment around us.”
Read the full article from the Foundation here.