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Message to Our Children
Gūchōʼ kḗgedīʼ, sekʼādé gūkʼéh gū́sʼānī lā. Nahtsʼédānéʼ gutie gukʼéh kegiyehdį̄ wḗdé gūchōʼ gekʼéh gūʼą̄ī degā. Dūłą̄́ gukēyeh ā́ndzedeʼą̄́. Nahdegā lā sugudzeneʼīnī. Gutīe nahhwanī kʼī gūzā́gī, gūkēyeh gukʼéh gū́sʼānī dega gūtīe sunehʼīn. Dene tsʼį̄́ gūdehdéh déʼ, “Nahtsʼédānéʼ tsʼį̄́ Dene kʼéh gūdehdéh,” gedīʼ tsʼédāne dḗngētsedle déʼ, gūtie denezāgī kūgūhdį́ sį̄́ ekūdeh. Wḗdé Nahtsʼédānéʼ tsʼį̄́ʼ gūdehdéh. Tsʼédāne neyehī dūłą̄́ guzāg-I kʼéh denekʼéh gūsʼāni meyḗgūdī sį̄́. Eghąh edegedezets.
Estsų̄ Tilly gutsʼį̄́ʼ gūdedéh, ʼNahtsʼédānéʼ guzāgī kegīyehdį̄ Medégudihtʼē dādąh néhzedi déʼ yē zāgi nahyéneʼānī kʼéh nahtsʼį̄́ gūdēdḗsį̄́. Dūłą̄́ nahzāgī kʼéh gūdehdḗ déʼ Medégudihtʼē dédīʼa dūłą̄́ meyêhdī́ sį̄́.
Message to Our Children
Our elders say” We still keep our ways. Teach your children well in our ways so our elder’s ways will carry on. Don’t give away our land. It is for you that we are keeping it. You all also keep our language, our land and our ways. Tell our people to teach their children to speak our language. It is better to teach your children while they are small. Speak to your children all the time in Kaska. We are worried that the children are going to grow up without knowing their language and without knowing their ways.
Grandma Tilly told us, “You have to teach the children to speak our language, because when you stand in front of God, he will speak to each person in the language he gave us. If they don’t know their language they will not understand him”.


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Denek’éh/Kaska Alphabet
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