The Nadleh Whut'en people are a part of the Athapaskan language group, which covers most of north eastern BC, part of northern Alberta, southern Yukon and south west Northwest Territories. The Nadleh Whut'en speak a dialect of the Dakelh Language which is part of the Athapaskan language family. Our people refer to themselves as Dakelh, which means "people who travel by water."
Nadleh refers to where the salmon return every year. Whut'en refers to where you come from.
Words/Phrase of the month:
Hoonust'i whusainya- I am happy you came
Hoonust'i whusahdil- I am happy you all came
Hoonust'i nan yoonst'en si- I am happy to see you again
As part of our efforts to protect and teach our language, we have archived some of our language with First Voices (http://www.firstvoices.com/en/Nadleh-Whuten). If you are interested in learning Dakelh please contact us! Without our language we lose a part of our history and our place on the land.
Here are some external links about Dakelh language that some may find of interest:
- Yinka Dene Language Institute (website)
- YDLI Facebook site (must be logged into your personal account and request to join group)
- Language Geek (Dakelh section)
- Indigenous Language Institute
Nadleh will be publishing a book of stories and legends and expected to be completed in the fall of 2017