Lucy Wren, Ghùch Tlâ
— 1917-2008 —
Lucy Wren of Carcross, Yukon, was a well-known Yukon Elder who received the Commissioner's Award in 1998 in recognition of her many years of teaching and promoting the Tlingit language and culture. Lucy's traditional name was Ghùch Tlâ (Wolf Mother), and she was a member of the Dakhł'awèdí clan.
Lucy was a member of the first graduating class of the Native Language Instructor Certificate Course at Yukon College in 1986. Over the years she continued to provide cultural and linguistic information for the benefit of other language instructors attending the Tlingit Literacy Sessions. After many years of teaching, Lucy retired from the classroom on October 3, 2000.
In addition to Tlingit, English and Southern Tutchone, Lucy also spoke Tagish, and was possibly the best remaining speaker of that language. She contributed her knowledge of the Tagish and Tlingit languages to the work of the YNLC in many ways, including through the recording of the audio materials listed below.
Online Publications with YNLC
- Tagish Language Lessons. Sound recording 2004. First posted 2005. Conversational lessons with audio.
- Khandey Kah Ładèzhā. The Moose Hunt. Tagish Language. Sound recording 1997. Posted 2008. Online story book from the Moose Hunt series, with audio.
- Kų' Eyû. At Home. Tagish Language. Sound recording 2000. Online story book from the At Home series, with audio.
- Łūge Ch'ehgan. Drying Fish. Sound Recording 1997. Online story book from the Fish Camp series, with audio.
- Gahkè' Dinātēl. Rabbit Foot is Going Camping. Tagish Language. Sound Recording 2002. Online story book from the Camping series, with audio.
- Dzísk'u-káxh Esx'ìdé Yùgùt. He is Hunting Moose Tlingit Language. Sound Recording 1996. Disc version 1996. Posted 2008. Online story book from the Moose Hunt series, with audio.