This week, our lesson was on moose meat. On Wednesday, guest speakers Hudson and Selina Sam shared their knowledge. When you are going out, you say you are going to look around or you’re going for a ride. This is to respect the game you are hunting, so you can keep your luck. To show respect for the game you catch, keep a clean camp site, clean kill site and clean tools.
My family in Koyukuk had luck with moose this week. My niece Char Pilot took this photo of their smokehouse.
My sister Cindy Pilot and my mother, Eliza Jones, identified the parts of the moose and provided the Denaakk’e names. The students in my high school class have to pick one part of the meat and write a report on how that part is put away and any recipes their families have that use it.
Deneege nelaane — moose meat
Photo by Char Pilot
The Athabascan Word of the Week appears every Saturday on page A3 of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. The words are provided by Susan “K’etsoo” Paskvan of Yukon-Koyukuk School District. She is originally from the village of Koyukuk on the Yukon River in Interior Alaska. She is Tleeyegge Hut’aane, which is Koyukon Athabascan. She seeks stories and phrases from both Denaakk’e (Koyukon Athabascan) and Denak’a (Lower Tanana Athabascan), which are languages spoken in the Yukon-Koyukuk School District region. Yukon-Koyukuk School District serves the villages of Allakaket, Hughes, Huslia, Koyukuk, Nulato, Kaltag, Ruby, Manley Hot Springs and Minto. The Board of Education places a priority on teaching the Native languages within the district.