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"Mentasta" is the name of one of the subdialects of the Ahtna language, an Alaskan Athabaskan language. The Mentasta dialect is an Upper Ahtna dialect. Its name comes from the name of the Ahtna village where the speakers of this dialect live. The placename Mentasta means "shallow lake" in Ahtna.

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Mentasta Indian Resources

Here are links to our webpages about the Mentasta tribe and language:
 Mentasta Ahtna language
 Ahtna villages
 Alaskan Native people
 Subarctic languages

Books about the Mentastas

Here are a few good books about the Mentasta tribe:
 In the Shadows of Mountains
 Ahtna Elders Reflect On History
 Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon

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