Gwich'in Elders Gallery

all photos by Craig Mishler

 

Dick Nukon
Dick Nukon, Old Crow

"Jii dinjiizhuh kat, jidii tthak giiyahtsii."

"The Gwich'in people make everything."

 

Maggie Roberts
Maggie Roberts, Venetie (1935-2013): 

"Aii kih tr’ookit vadzaih ah’al chat duuyee tr’aahk’ee gaa."

"But we are not supposed to shoot the first caribou leading the way."

 

Hannah J. Solomon
Hannah J. Solomon, Fort Yukon:

"Jidii vadzaih gwananh datthak vit’eegwąąch’yaa."

"We use everything on the caribou."

 

Isaac Tritt, Sr.
Isaac Tritt Sr., Arctic Village (1908-1991)

"Akwat aii oondaa k’ehki’ gahtsii aii chan ch’iji’ haa t’igiiyah’in, goorahnyaa."

"When they made arrowheads, they used antlers for that too, that’s what they say."

 

John Tritt
John Tritt, Venetie: 

"Yagha’ vadzaih k’ih k’eejit gwaraah’in dai’, t’ee veegirinkhii."

"When there’s fresh caribou tracks, we talk about it."

 

Macarthur Tritt
Macarthur Tritt, Venetie:

"Nats’ą’ nin neerahahdak izhik łizhyaa gwiinzii gwik’eegwiraahtii."

"We’re very careful about how we take care of the game animals."

 

Robert Frank
Robert Frank, Venetie

"Geetee dink’ee ki’ shriidaanch’yaa ts’ą’, tł’yahthaa zhik gaa giiyaałąįį k’it, digiyahnyaa."

"And sometimes when they have rifle shells in their ammo pouch, they say they make a noise pretending to be like a caribou."

 

Simon Francis
Simon Francis, Fort Yukon (1924-2017)

 

Trimble Gilbert
Trimble Gilbert, Arctic Village: 

"Vadzaih kwaa ji', duuyeh dinjii gwandaii."

"If there's no caribou, Gwich'in people can't survive."

 

Robert Bruce, Jr.
Robert Bruce, Jr., Old Crow:

"Aii reh vadzaih gatr’anahtii dai’, vadzaih handaii ree, goovahnuu."

"When they observe the caribou, they have knowledge of the caribou, I tell them."

 

Peter Josie
Peter Josie, Old Crow

"Aii ch’aghwaa, juk vadzaih git’ii dai’ ree, aii vatth’an kaii gak’anahtii."

"When they cut up the caribou, they take care of all the large leg bones."