Upper Kuskokwim language
|Native to||United States|
|Region||Alaska (middle Yukon River, Koyukuk River)|
|Ethnicity||160 Upper Kuskokwim (2007)|
|Latin (Northern Athabaskan alphabet)|
Official language in
The Upper Kuskokwim language (also called Kolchan or Goltsan or Dinak'i) is an Athabaskan language of the Na-Dené language family. It is spoken by the Upper Kuskokwim people in the Upper Kuskokwim River villages of Nikolai, Telida, and McGrath, Alaska. About 40 of a total of 160 Upper Kuskokwim people (Dichinanek’ Hwt’ana) still speak the language.
A practical orthography of the language was established by Raymond Collins, who in 1964 began linguistic work at Nikolai.
- Alaska Native Language Center. Retrieved on 2007-03-14.
- Collins, Raymond and Sally Jo Collins. 2004. Dichinanek' Hwt'ana: A History of the people of the Upper Kuskokwim who live in Nikolai and Telida, Alaska. (Online: Alaska Native Language Archive item UK964C2004)
- Upper Kuskokwim language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
- https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/4/pub/ANLPAC/ANLPAC%202020%20Report%20to%20the%20Governor%20and%20Legislature.pdf[bare URL PDF]
- "Alaska OKs Bill Making Native Languages Official : The Two-Way : NPR".
- "Kibrik Papers". Archived from the original on 2013-12-10.
- "result.xml | Alaska Native Language Archive". Archived from the original on 2015-04-23.
- Upper Kuskokwim Language and Culture Preservation (website in development)
- Dinak'i | Upper Kuskokwim Dictionary iOS app