Like the Dena'ina language itself, the Dena'ina Qenaga web site is made possible by the generosity of the Elders. It is through their wisdom and insight that the Dena'ina language has been passed down from generation to generation. We respect, honor and thank you.
Many Dena'ina speakers have contributed materials for this site through contributions to the Alaska Native Language Center Archive. These include especially Andrew Balluta, whose short story is featured in the Literature section, and Alec Balluta & Gladys Evanoff, whose phrase book can be found in the Learning section. A more complete list can be found in the People section.
Several organizations contributed resources to this project. These include:
This web site was conceived under the auspices of the Dena'ina Archiving, Training and Access (DATA) project, pincipal investigator Helen Aristar-Dry (Eastern Michigan University) in collaboration with Gary Holton (Alaska Native Language Center). The DATA project is a three-year undertaking to provide online access to Dena'ina language materials at the Alaska Native Language Center to Dena'ina community members. The project also provides training in linguistic fieldwork and best practices in language data digitization and archiving to the Dena'ina community and to graduate students in linguistics.
Site design was overseen by research assistants Sadie Williams and Andrea Berez. Additional assistance was provided by research assistants Olga Müller, Michael Christian, Megan Thornley, Joel Hunt, Zachary Marlow, and Craig Stephenson.
Jim Kari (Dena'inaq' Titaztunt) provided insight into linguistic and organizational issues (although he is absolved of responsibility for any errors which remain). John Ross and Donita Peter (Alaska Native Heritage Center) and Brett Encelewski (Kenaitze Indian Tribe) provided guidance on intellectual property and access issues.
Original artwork by Dale DeArmond was featured in Dena'ina Sukdu'a, ed. by Joan Tenenbaum (ANLC 1984). Used by permission of the Alaska Native Language Center. Banner photo by Wilfred Osgood, used courtesy of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois.
Development of this web site was made possible through the generous support of the National Science Foundation, including the Dena'ina Archiving, Training and Access project, (grant NSF-OPP 0326805), the Alaska Summer Research Challenge (grant NSF 0139634.), and the Northern Indigenous Languages Archive (grant NSF-OPP 0503782). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Materials on this site are copyrighted by the original authors, the speakers whose voices are recorded, and the Alaska Native Language Center. Materials may be used freely for non-commercial, educational purposes as specified in the license agreement. Alaska Native Language Center Archive materials made available through the Dena'ina Qenaga Digital Archive may be subject to more restrictive conditions of use as specified by the original depositors.