Words and phrases to say to babies and children:


High frequency words:

I compiled this list of high frequency words, by scanning all of my sessions with K’axhnuxh/Paddy Jim. There are 4 lists of words starting from most used words/particles. Dakwanje high frequency words and phrases


Words that are similar but meaning is different:

words that are close to the same


Body Parts:

I put this image of a person with some labels of body parts: body parts  Print off and place in your home to practice.



Dákwanjè calender:

Here is a list of month’s as shared by the late respected elder, Marge Jackson. This was recorded during a YNLC literacy session. I have slightly adapted it, putting “Įzha – moon at the end of each of the headings. Enjoy!

Dákwanje calender

Dakwanje calender w: photos


Neurolinguistic Approach to Second Languages:

A great method that relies on two foundations: implicit competence and explicit knowledge of grammar rules. Using a question answer method of authentic dialogue drills. I have attached 5 lessons that I have had success with in teaching this method:

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Total physical response (T.P.R.):
A language teaching method that was developed by James Asher, a professor emeritus of psychology at San José State University. It is based on the coordination of language and physical movement. It has had great success in moving students to mid levels of language production. Below is a list of bank words to build T.P.R. lessons upon.

TPR bank words


List of Birds:

Attached below is a list of common birds in our territory:



Athabaskan Language Comparison:

Take a peek at the similarities and differences between the Yukonʼs Athabaskan Languages as well as Navajo:

language comparison



Here is a list of feelings I have compiled together over the years:

small font version of feelings


The SOUTHERN TUTCHONE TRIBAL COUNCIL produced a language booklet titled, “Dan K’e Kwanjè Literacy Workshop” In 1998. Here is a digital copy of many peopleʼs handwork and dedication to our language:

Dän K’è Kwänjè literacy 1998


Yukon Native Language Centre:

The most comprehensive on-line resource at this time exists at the Yukon Native Language Centre, which has a Native Language teacher certificate program, 30 Dákwanjè language publications, as well as on-line language books and language lessons.

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Another online resource with Dákwanje is First Voices. FirstVoices is a web-based project that supports the revitalization of Indigenous languages through an on-line data-base of many indigenous languages, Southern Tutchone being one such language it houses. It is operated by the First Peoples Heritage, Language and Culture Council in B.C.


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(n.d.). Retrieved March 20, 2015, from

Southern Tutchone. (2000, January 1). Retrieved March 20, 2015, from

We Are Our Language [Youtube]. (2014). Canada: Council of Yukon First Nations.

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