First Ever Denaakk’e Language Digital Book Created By Yukon-Koyukuk School District

Tobaan Etseh an interactive digital picture book adapted from an original Athabaskan legend.

During two days in February, 37 students, teachers and elders gathered at Allakaket school to participate in a digital publishing workshop that resulted in the creation of Tobaan Etseh, a digital picture book adapted from an original Athabaskan legend.

The digital book is the first of its kind to incorporate written and¬†spoken Denaakk’e language and culture, targeting elementary-aged students. It contains numerous interactive “touch zones” that, when tapped, trigger audio translations and sounds of story characters and objects.

Allakaket school principal Larry Parker and elder Irene “Hogetnolno” Henry observe a student creating a book page background illustration.

The workshop, facilitated by AASB’s Consortium for Digital Learning (CDL), began by leading students and teachers through the process of creating a storyboard outlining the text and illustrations for each page. Using art supplies, students in grades K-12 then created page illustrations.

Susan Paskvan, Native education coordinator working from a storyboard on the back wall to assist students create page illustrations for the book.

Audio narration and translations of story objects in the Denaakk’e language were recorded by students and elders. To add additional context to the story, the book also incorporates video clips of local elder Irene “Hogetnolno” Henry.

Superintendent Kerry Boyd and teacher David Fields provide encouragement to a student creating page illustrations for the Tobaan Etseh story.

The completed digital book was developed in-house by CDL staff and distributed within the Yukon-Koyukuk School District. The project was initiated by Allakaket school Principal Larry Parker and Superintendent Kerry Boyd.

Students use a laptop to create audio sound effects that will be incorporated into the digital storybook as interactive touch zones that trigger Denaakk’e language word translations, and sounds of story characters and objects.

The completed digital book was developed in-house by CDL staff and distributed within the Yukon-Koyukuk School District. The project was initiated by Allakaket school Principal Larry Parker and Superintendent Kerry Boyd.

Principal Larry Parker with students creating page art for the Tobaan Etseh digital storybook.

Read a non-interactive PDF version of the Tobaan Etseh book here. (Link to PDF when book is finalized)
Interested in creating interactive digital books for your school or district? AASB’s Consortium for Digital Learning can facilitate a digital publishing workshop in your community.