Alaskan Dene Treasures

Alaskan Dene Treasures is a collection of digital heritage items from the villages within the Yukon-Koyukuk School District boundaries.  The two languages covered are Denaakk'e (Koyukon Athabascan) and Benhti Kokht'ana Kenaga' (AKA Menhti Kokht'ana Kenaga', Lower Tanana Athabascan).  Except for Minto which is Benhti Kokht'ana Kenaga', all the other villages (from upriver to downriver Allakaket, Hughes, Huslia, Koyukuk, Nulato, Kaltag and back upriver Ruby, Manley Hot Springs, and Rampart) the language spoken is Denaakk'e.  

This website contains digital heritage items (photos, videos and audio files) and an online dictionary.  The data is managed by the Alaska Native Language Archives (ANLA) and the Yukon-Koyukuk School District (YKSD).  

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