I’ll Tell You a Story (Sukdu Neł Nuhtghelnek): Stories I Recall from Growing Up on Iliamna Lake
"When I was a child, my mother taught me only speaking in the Dena'ina language. And she told me stories. And that then is how I learned to speak the Dena'ina language. And now while you are still young, if you learn this, then you can teach other people when you get old." - Walter Johnson, 2004
By Walter Johnson
Chapter 1: Dena'inaq' Ch'qenashi (Talking Dena'ina)
Chapter 2: Annie Rickteroff Johnson, Shunkda Shin (My Mother, Annie Rickteroff Johnson)
Chapter 3: Vighutiztin Hkaytaghi'u Ts'dults'iht (When We Stayed At Lonesome Bay)
Chapter 4: Qunsha Uqu Ch'el'an (Ground Squirrel Hunting)
Chapter 5: Ełyin Uqu Ch'ul'an (We Went For Spruce Hen)
Chapter 6: Qutsaghił'iy Tlegha Uqu Nuqenk'ch'duttił (We Hunt For Seal Oil)
Chapter 7: Gangi Ch'eł'ani (How We Use Ice Skates)
Chapter 8: Chu Uqu Ch'el'an Łitl'enteh (Spring Beaver Hunting)
Did You Know?
As recently as the 1960s, dog team travel was still the best way to get around Lake Clark country in the winter. Snowmobiles are more common now, but many people still keep sled dogs.