Tłı̨chǫ belongs to the Northern
Athabaskan branch of the Na-Dené language family, and
is spoken in the Northwest Territories of Canada by 2,640 people.
It is also known as Dogrib, and is spoken in the region between
the Great Slave Lake and the Great Bear Lake.
The largest Tłı̨chǫ community in that region
is Behchokǫ̀ ('Big Knife'), which was formerly
known as Rae-Edzo. There are also Dogrib communities in
Whatì (Lac la Martre), Gamèti (Rae Lakes),
Wekweeti (Snare Lake), Dettah, and N'Dilo, a sub-community
of Somba K’e (Yellow Knife).
Tłı̨chǫ alphabet and pronunciation
nasal vowels are marked by an ogonek or wįghǫą ('its little nose'), e.g. ą
low tones are marked with a grave accent or wets'aà ('its hat'), e.g. à
high tones are not marked
Dii sa naet’aa, dii deh nı̨ı̨lı̨ı̨, dii dè nàgoèhdǫ-le nı̨dè ası̀i wets’à goet’ǫ hǫı̨lı̨ ha-le.
As long as the sun will rise, as long as the rivers will flow, if the land is not moved, we cannot be limited from our way of life.