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Dena’ina Bookshelf

In addition to the Dena’ina resources which can be found in the Dena’ina Qenaga Digital Archive, there are a number of publications which those interested in the Dena’ina language may want to consider acquiring. The following list would form the beginning of a Dena’ina bookshelf. Links are provided to the publisher’s website or to a digital copy of the resource in the Dena’ina Qenaga Archive.

Many of the books listed here are now out of print. You may be able to locate used copies of these publications at booksellers such as

Balluta, Alec & Gladys Evanoff. 2005. Dena’ina Qenaga Du’idnaghelnik, ed, by Olga Müller. Fairbanks and Anchorage: Alaska Native Language Center and Alaska Native Heritage Center. [ANLC]

Ellanna, Linda & Andrew Balluta. 1992. Nuvendaltin Quht’ana: The People of Nondalton. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. [TI992EB1992]

Walter Johnson Johnson, Walter. 2005. Sukdu Neł Nuhtghelnek: I’ll Tell You A Story, ed. by James Kari. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center. [ANLC]

Kari, James. forthcoming Dena’ina Topical Dictionary. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center. [expected late 2005 or early 2006]

Kalifornsky Kari, James & Alan Boraas, eds. 1991. A Dena’ina Legacy: K’tl’egh’i sukdu: The collected writings of Peter Kalifornsky. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center. [ANLC]

Kari, James & J.A. Fall. 2003. Shem Pete’s Alaska, The Territory of the Upper Cook Inlet Dena’ina. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press. [revised edition] [UA Press]

Kari, James & P.R. Kari. 1982. Dena’ina Ełnena: Tanaina Country. Edited by J. McGary. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center. [109 pp.].

Kari, Priscilla Russell. 1995. Tanaina Plantlore. Dena’ina K’et’una. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center; Alaska Natural History Association; National Park Service. [ANHA]

Osgood, Cornelius. 1937. The Ethnography of the Tanaina. (Yale University Publications in Anthropology, no. 16). New Haven: Yale University.

Russell, Priscilla N. & George C. West. 2003. Bird Traditions of the Lime Village Area Dena’ina. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Knowledge Network. [ANKN]

Stephan, Sava. 2005. Upper Inlet Language Lessons, ed. by James Kari. Anchorage: Alaska Native Heritage Center. [ANHC]

Tenenbaum, Joan, ed. 1984. Dena’ina Sukdu’a: Traditional stories of the Tanaina Athabaskans. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center.

Tenenbaum, Joan. 1978. Morphology and Semantics of the Tanaina Verb. Ph.D. Dissertation, Columbia University. [TI973T1977]

Thompson, Chad. 1984. Athabaskan Languages and the Schools: A Handbook for Teachers. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center. [Alaskool Website]

Wassillie, Albert. 1979. Dena’ina Qenaga Duch’deldih. Anchorage: National Bilingual Materials Development Center. [reprinted by ANLC]