There aren’t many Southern Tutchone speakers left in the Yukon, and it’s a language with several dialects. The Yukon Native Language Centre estimates that there are between 150 to 250 people left who are fluent.
To preserve the dwindling Southern Tutchone language, the Ta’an Kwach’an Council/Yukon First Nation has launched a new app project. With the help of the Winnipeg company Ogoki Learning, the Southern Tutchone Ta’an Dialect language app is programmed to work without Internet connection once downloaded on a phone.
The app uses audio from the late Irene Smith, provided by the Yukon Native Language Centre. There are about 450 words, expressions and phrases contained in the app. Categories include greetings, people, places, numbers, colours, animals, plants, food, time, weather, body parts and more.
The app is available for free download on Google Play (for Android devices) and on iTunes for iPhones and iPads. For more information, visit http://taan.ca.