Dinjii Zhuh K'yaa

Gwich'in language

About Dinjii Zhuh K'yaa


Gwich’in is the most northern Athabascan language in Alaska, spoken in the far Northeast, and in Northwestern Canada. About 300 Gwich’in speak the language in Alaska, and another 350 speak the language in Canada.


The caribou or vadzaih is of extreme importance to Gwich’in people. Elders have been able to identify more than 150 Gwich’in names for caribou bones, organs and tissues. 



Neenjit dôonch'yàa?

Sheenjit gwiinzìi


Nakhwal'in shoo ihłii


Aanaįį shaa dhindii


Łyâa neet'ih than

Hello, how are you?

I'm fine

Thank you

I'm happy to see you

My friend

Come and sit/visit with me

See you again

I love you

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Updated March 2021. 

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This website acknowledges the traditional territories of the many Indigenous Alaskan Nations that have lived in and taken care of the lands of Alax̂sxax̂ (Alaska) since time immemorial.