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Shoo’ii & Sheek’aii

Allan Benjamin

Allan Benjamin is a poet, a cartoonist, a fiddle player and a snow shoe racer from Old Crow, Yukon.  Allan is a Vuntut Gwich'in artist who provides cartoons and poems to What's Up Yukon.  He introduces us to two sets of characters who represent Allan's family and traditional Gwich'in life growing up in Old Crow.

Didee & Didoo is Gwitch'in for Grandma & Grandpa.   

Shoo’ii and Sheek’aii is Gwitch'in for Auntie & Uncle. 

They will help us all learn Gwich'in, Allan hopes to see more poems submitted in Native Language!  


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Issue: 2018-06-20, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Ch’ak’oh Zrii – January Aatr’aih Zrii – February Ch’izhìn Zrii – March Ch’ichee Zrii – April more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-05-09, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Chiitaii drin díinzhít – It’s a long day Chiitaii drin goo’aii – It is light outside Chiitaii yahkèe – It is dawn Et’ee sreendit nigwìizhit – It is spring time more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-04-11, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

Jidii Zraii – Black Jidii Dagaii - White Jidii Ditsik - Red Jidii Vee - Grey more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-01-31, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Ke’ehdài’ Goginjik. Words of Yesterday. Juk drin gatr’igiikhii. Spoken today. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-12-20, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

I finally found the words to say How long did you intend to stay. I know I’ve wondered now and then How close your love was to the end. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-09-27, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Let’s All Learn Gwich’in With Allan Benjamin from Old Crow Gwich’in Expressions: Gwich’in Ginjik Native Language more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-09-20, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Gwich’in Expressions: Gwich’in Ginjik Native Language Dinjii zhuh ginjik jihtth’ak I understand Native language more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-09-13, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Gwich’in Ginjik ... Native Language Shigwitrit gwidal ... My Working Tools Aih shi’ii... I have snowshoes Dii k’ee shi’ii... I have a gun more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-09-06, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

Our long time “Didee and Didoo” cartoonist and poet Allan Benjamin from Old Crow is excited to introduce his new Shoo’ii and Sheek’aii cartoons and poems. These new characters will appear in Gwich’in and English. Whenever you see Shoo’ii and... more

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