Atnakenaege’

Ahtna language

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About Atnakenaege'

 

Ahtna is spoken by 25 speakers in the Copper River region in Interior Alaska. It is closely related to Dena’ina. There are four main dialects of Ahtna: Lower (Atnahwt’aene), Central Dan’ehwt’aene, Western (Tsaay Hwt’aene) and Upper Ahtna (Tatl’ahwt’aene). Subsistence activist Katie John helped to create an orthography for Ahtna in the 1970s.

Recordings

 

Nts'e di'tae?

Ugheli ełaen.

Nts'e doht'ae?

Ugheli ts'ilaen.

Aen.

Kole.

Xonahang.

Tsin'aen.

Nune'sniic.

Siine k'e nadae.

How are you? (singular)

I'm good.

How are you? (plural)

We are good.

Yes.

No.

Goodbye.

Thank you.

I love you (to significant other).

I love you (to family members).