American Indian language
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.
Here are links to our webpages about the Aleut tribe and language:
The Aleut tribe
Aleut language words
Native people of Alaska
Here are links to more Internet resources about the Attu Aleuts:
The Lost Village of Attu
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 Tales and Narratives
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