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Attu is the name of one of the dialects of the Aleut language. The word Attu is actually a placename, referring to the westernmost of the Aleutian Islands and also the village that used to exist on that island. (The village was destroyed when the Japanese attacked the island during World War II, and no Aleut people live on Attu today.) The Attu dialect was once spoken in this area (known as the Near Islands), but it is no longer used. It was a Western Aleut dialect, similar to Qaxun and Atka.

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Here are links to our webpages about the Aleut tribe and language:

 The Aleut tribe
 Aleutian people
 Aleut language words
 Aleut orthography
 Eskimo-Aleut linguistics
 Native people of Alaska

Here are links to more Internet resources about the Attu Aleuts:
 The Lost Village of Attu
 Attu Island
 Aleut Dialects of Atka and Attu

Here are a few good books about the Aleuts:
 Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion
 The Aleut Internments of World War II
 Aleut Dictionary
 Aleut Tales and Narratives

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