"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
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Walter Johnson of Old Iliamna Village and Homer, AK is a multi-talented outdoorsman, musician, and expert in the Iliamna dialect of the Dena'ina Athabascan language. This is the first Dena'ina book to coordinate written text and sound. The stories presented here give a colorful portrait of early twentieth century Iliamna Dena'ina life skills and lore. The texts offer practical lessons in Dena'ina pronounciation, reading, and grammar. A CD accompanies this book, prepared by linguist James Kari with support from the National Park Service.
Author: Walter Johnson
Last updated: November 8, 2016