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"Yakona" is the name of one of the two major dialects of the Alsea language. Some linguists consider Yakona distinct enough from Alsea to call them two independent languages. Since neither language is natively spoken any longer and few records remain of Yakona, it is impossible to say for sure. The name Yakona was a place name in their own language, referring to Yaquina Bay. Both the dialect and the band who spoke it were named after the bay.

Incidentally, though the name of Yaquina Bay is pronounced yuh-kwin-uh today, the original placename was pronounced similar to yuh-kwoo-nah.

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

 Yakona language
 Alsea and Yakona Indians
 Alsea numbers
 Tribes of Oregon
 Pacific Northwest Coast

Here are links to more Internet resources about the Yakona Indians:
 Yaquina Tribe
 Yaquina Fact Sheet
 Wikipedia: Yakona

And here are a few good books about the Yakonas:
 The Indians of Yaquina Bay: The Yakona Tribe of the Central Oregon Coast
 Alsea Texts and Myths
 The People Are Dancing Again
 Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country

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