Dena'ina Topical Dictionary
By James Kari
Table of Content
Introduction: Project History and Sources, The Dena'ina Language Area and Themes in the Vocabulary, The Dena'ina Sound System and Orthography, Dena'ina Dialects, and Notes on Stress
"[The] array of interesting comparative and regional themes in Dena'ina vocabulary, such as the great number of dialect variants, the elite replacements, and the reanalyzed roots, indicate that the Dena'ina have been at the archaeic periphery of the Athabascan language family in North America. These vocabulary patterns reflect long-term occupation of the Inland dialect area, and territorial expansion into Cook Inlet Basin..." -James Kari, 2007
Chapter 16: Skin Tanning and Sewing
"Many special ecological niches contribute to the diverse Dena'ina lexicon. The set of more than eighty month names reflects the mixing of maritime and continentall climates. Bird distributions and names for birds are often restricted to one or two dialects. The fish inventories vary greatly in the dialect areas. The marine-oriented biota such as beluga, seal, sea otter, and marine fishes and shellfish are found in almost no other Athabascan languages." -James Kari, 2007
Chapter 25: Games, Music, Stories
Did You Know?
Dena'ina Athabascan people in the Lake Clark area preserve salmon by drying and smoking, as their ancestors have done for thousands of years.