Number of native speakers

Of a total population of about 160 people, about 40 still speak the language.



 geographical area

central Alaska

Upper Kuskokwim River, in the Upper Kuskokwim River drainage. villages of Nikolai, Telida, and McGrath

grammar, dictionnary

Raymond Collins began linguistic work at Nikolai in 1964, when he established a practical orthography. Since then he has worked with Betty Petruska to produce many small booklets and a school dictionary for use in the bilingual program.


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