Mike Alex and Family
(l to r)
George Ondola, Herbert Alex, Mike Alex,
Lois Alex, Margaret Alex.
Courtesy Anchorage Museum

Preparing Fish in the Summer

Preparing fish is a very important Dena'ina tradition. This webpage explains how the Tyonek Dena'ina prepare smoked king salmon strips, or balik, so it will last all winter. The original Dena'ina text was dictated by the late Nellie Chickalusion of Tyonek in 1976. This version was spoken and recorded by Nora McCord of Tyonek in 2006, and was transcribed and translated by James Kari and Donita Peter. The pictures were assembled by Donita Peter and Davin Holen. The web version was prepared by Olga Lovick.

Shan Łiq'a Idayelghan: Preparing Fish in the Summer.

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