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There are actually two Tanana languages, Lower Tanana (also called Minto) and Upper Tanana (also called Nabesna). Though they are both
Athabaskan languages of Alaska and Northern Canada,
they are no more closely related than English and German. Tanana is the name of a long river in Alaska, and the Lower Tanana people live at one end of it, the
Upper Tanana people at the other. Upper Tanana is spoken by about 100 people today, and Lower Tanana by 30. Both languages are primarily
spoken only by older people, but some young people are working to reverse this trend.
Tanana language samples and resources.
Tanana Culture and History
Information and links about the Tanana tribe past and present.
Tanana Indians Fact Sheet
Our answers to common questions about the lifestyle of Tanana Indian people.
Tanana Indian Legends
Introduction to the mythology of the Tanana Indians.
Our Online Tanana Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in the Tanana language, with comparison to words in other Athabaskan languages.
Tanana Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Lower Tanana words.
Tanana Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Tanana language.
Worksheet showing color words in the Tanana language.
Tanana Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Tanana language.
Worksheet showing how to count in the Tanana language.
Tanana Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
Upper Tanana Language
Overview of Upper Tanana from the Yukon Native Language Centre, who also sells Tanana and other Athabaskan language materials.
Alaskan Athapascan fonts for Windows, including Lower and Upper Tanana and nine other languages.
Tanana translation of the Hail Mary Prayer.
House of Languages: Upper Tanana
Information about Upper Tanana language usage.
House of Languages: Lower Tanana:
Information about Tanana language usage.
Lower Tanana Language Upper Tanana Language
Tanana demographic information from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Athapaskan Languages of Alaska
Place names in Tanana, Ahtna, Koyukon, Gwich'in, and Tanaina.
Tanana Language Tree Lower Tanana Language Tree Upper Tanana Language Tree:
Theories about Abenaki's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Lower Tanana Language Structures:
Tanana linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Lengua Tanana Superior:
Information on the Upper Tanana language in Spanish.
Tanana Indian books.
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