Koyukon Language

​"Denaakk’e hedohudege’eeh." -
"I am learning our langauge"  - Denaakke'enaage'
About Denaakk'enaage'


Denaakk'e (or Koyukon) Athabascan is spoken by 150 people along the central Koyukuk and Yukon rivers, in the villages of Kaltag, Nulato, Galena, Ruby, Koyukuk, Tanana, Huslia, Hughes, Allakaket and Stevens Village. It is divided into three dialects: Lower, Central and Upper Koyukon.

​3-Year Old Preschool Class


Eszoonh (Yukon dialect) Do'eelstaa'aa (Koyukuk dialect)

Dzaanh nezoonh


Enaa neenyo


Nedaats'e koonh


Doogh dzaanh dohoot'aa?

Denaakk'e hedohudege'eeh

How are you?

I'm fine

It's a good day

Thank you

Welcome (lit. precious you came)


See you later

I'm happy

How is the weather?

I'm learning Denaakk'e

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Updated March 2021. 

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