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Nakón-i'a wo! Beginning Nakoda

edited by Vincent Collette

contributions by Armand McArthur & Wilma Kennedy

University of Regina Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2019
Native American Languages, Indigenous Studies
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12


Nakón-i’a wo! Beginning Nakoda is a language resource designed to help revitalize and document Nakoda, now spoken in Montana and Saskatchewan.

Written for beginning learners of Nakoda (also known as Assiniboine), this workbook, arranged thematically, provides a Nakoda/English lexicon, a vocabulary, a table of kinship terms, a glossary of linguistic terminology, and exercises to do after each lesson. This book was made possible with the assistance of Elders and Language Keepers of the Nakoda Nation: Armand McArthur and Wilma Kennedy, Main Consultants; with additional contributions by Pete Bigstone, Leona Kroscamp, Freda O'Watch, and Ken Armstrong.

About the authors

Vincent Collette teaches linguistics and Nakoda at First Nations University of Canada in Regina. 

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Armand McArthur is from the Siyónide Nakóna Oyáde (Pheasant Rump First Nation) and of mixed Wadopana-I?ha?´ ktu?wan origin. He is a Nakoda language instructor at First Nations University of Canada and also leads Nakoda language classes in Pheasant Rump. 

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Wilma Kennedy is a Language Keeper from Carry The Kettle Nakoda First Nation. She grew up with the Nakoda language and culture. 

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  • Winner, Saskatchewan Book Awards, Publishing in Education,
  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Book Awards, Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing

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Winner, Saskatchewan Book Awards, Publishing in Education, 2021
Shortlisted, Saskatchewan Book Awards, Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing, 2020

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