Language has the ability to permeate every part of life in the community. It can be in the workplace, at home, in the car or in the store and it can be used for business, entertainment and everyday life. There is no doubt the language we use is influential in who we are and how we think. Currently our Northern Tutchone language has fallen into disuse. We don’t use it because we don’t know it, and we don’t know it because there are no apparent benefits.To re-awaken the language we have to teach it and make it a viable option and then we have to follow that with the motivation to learn and use the language. What remains is how much we choose to use Northern Tutchone or English. FNNND is promoting the learning and use of language through several initiatives. These include:
- Instruction at the JV Clark School and the Daycare
- Adult language classes in the evenings
- The use of Northern Tutchone on printed materials and documents
- Online and Mobile Resources
Available Online and Mobile Resources:
Quizlet – Northern Tutchone Language
- What is it?
- Quizlet is an online learning tool that allows users to study and master content. We have put all the words in the Na-Cho Nyak Dun Northern Tutchone Dictionary online so anyone who wants to practice and learn them can. The Learn, Flashcards, Write and Test Functions are the best ways to study the words and when you get really good you can try the Match and Gravity games for more practice. This is a great way for anyone to start learning the language, even school age kids!
- Note – We are still working on getting the Northern Tutchone recordings done for all of the words. If anyone who knows how to pronounce the language is available to help with recordings please contact Asia at the Heritage Department at (867)996-2265 ext.133
- How Do I Get Started?
- Note – Make sure to sign up for a free student account when signing up.
- Click this link to sign up for an account: https://quizlet.com/sign-up
- After making an account click this link to join the Northern Tutchone Language Class and get started learning!
- Link to Join Class – https://quizlet.com/join/44RVa6BMU
- How to Access
- Once you have made an account and joined the Northern Tutchone Language Class you can practice the language using either the website or on your mobile device (phone or tablet). To use the app on your mobile device click the link below for your type of device or look up the Quizlet app on the App Store or Google Play and download the app. Once the Quizlet app has downloaded, open the app, log into your account and start practicing!
- On a Computer – https://quizlet.com
- On Your Mobile Device:
- This is a link to our latest Na-Cho Nyak Dun Northern Tutchone Dictionary:
“The first part of this dictionary gives examples of the use of the new alphabet. This writing system is based on the structure of the native language, not on English, and it will require some practice to become familiar with its symbols and conventions. The aim has been to provide a letter, or set of letters, for each of the distinctive sounds of the language so that there will be no confusion about how a letter should be pronounced. Hopefully this will make it easier for people to learn and read and write the language. Please study this section carefully before going on to the main body of entries; it will make the reading a lot easier. All of us who have had to hand in preparing this booklet hope that it will serve to reveal some of the beauty and richness of the Mayo language and will encourage people to keep it alive by using it more. It is a priceless thing heritage, which has been passed down from generation to generation. Once lost, it can never be regained. Finally, this version of the new Mayo dictionary probably contains mistakes of one kind or another. Please let us know if you find any, and also let us know of other words which you think we should put in next time.” – John Ritter, Whitehorse, Yukon
Facebook Page: Living Our Language – Northern Tutchone
- This page is to help promote the language and provide tools and stories to people to help them in learning the language. We encourage your input and would love if you shared videos or stories of how you are playing a part in revitalization of your language!
- Link to Page – https://www.facebook.com/Living-Our-Language-Northern-Tutchone-360297817819125/
- An app for your mobile device that has all of the Northern Tutchone words in our Dictionary and some recordings as well to learn proper pronunciation of our language.
- Follow these links on your phone or tablet to download: