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Tanacross Language

Tanacross is an Athabascan language of Alaska. Though it was once considered a dialect of Lower Tanana, this was in fact an error--the two languages are more distinct than English and German are, and the only reason some speakers could understand each other in the first place was regional bilingualism. Tanacross is a highly endangered language spoken by only a few dozen elders today, but some young Tanacross people are working to keep their ancestral language alive.

Tanacross Language Resources

The Tanacross Athabascan Language
     Tanacross language learning materials from the Alaska Native Language Center including orthography, sound files, and language lesson transcripts.
Tanacross Language
     Tanacross demographic information from the Ethnologue of Languages.

Tanacross Culture and History Links

Native Village of Tanacross
     Official website of the Tanacross Indian tribe.
Tanacross Legends:
    Collection of Tanacross mythology and traditional stories.
Crow Is My Boss: The Oral Life History of a Tanacross Athabaskan Elder
     Compelling autobiography of a Tanacross Indian man.



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