Gwich’in Expressions:

Gwich’in Ginjik Native Language

Dinjii zhuh ginjik jihtth’ak I understand Native language


DZHii.  BIRDS

Jidìi nah’ìn? What do you see?

Jii viiʻidzèe tʼiinchʻuu. This is an Owl.

Jii dachan chyāa tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Woodpecker.

Jii augèh zhūu tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Snowbird.

Jii chʼidzigyek tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Chickadee.

Jii srūh tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Robin.

Jii shitrʼigijiinjiizhee tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Flycatcher.

Jii sheihtsoo tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Swallow.

Jii chʼidin tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Whiskeyjack.

Jii chʼidikʼii tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Barrow’s Goldeneye.

Jii dzhii tsoo tʼiinchʼuu. This is a yellow Warbler.

Jii duh tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Sandpiper.

Jii TsʼAtvit tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Loon.

Jii daazraii tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Swan.

Jii Kheh tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Goose.

Jii chāLvii tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Widgeon.

Jii vyuh tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Seagull.

Jii chinīitrān tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Hawk.

Jii chʼizhīn tʼiinchʼuu. This is an Eagle.

Jii daih tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Grouse.

Jii daagoo tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Ptarmigan.

Jii deetrūʼ tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Crow.

Jii jah tʼiinchʼuu. This is a Crane.

Sreendit gwāndōo dats’an jīhtth’ak I hear ducks in the spring

Jii tsal t’ōo agwàł’aii I found a birds nest

Chiitaii ch’ii gōonlii There’s lots of mosquitos outside

When I was a kid this Elder gave me a Gwich’in name”CHIH AHAA”

Translated it means “walking ahead”