Eyak language

About dAXunhyuuga'


The Eyak language is indigenous to the Copper River Delta and was once spoken in Yakutat and Icy Bay. The Eyak language became known around the world as the face of language extinction after the passing of Marie Smith Jones in 2008, the last full-blooded Eyak and native speaker of the language. However, in 2010, the Anchorage Daily News published a story reporting that Guillaume Leduey, a French teenager, had learned to speak Eyak through materials he obtained from the Alaska Native Language Center. The Eyak Preservation Council is working to revive the language, and the organization has produced a comprehensive learner’s website.






ilah qe'xleh


dik’, dik’ah

Hello (to one person)

Hello (to several people)

Thank you

I love you



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Updated March 2021. 

All images and maps are courtesy of the Alaska Native Language Archive and the Alaska Native Language Center

Original funding for this site provided by Alaska Humanities Forum with in-kind support from the Alaska Native Language Preservation & Advisory Council. Quyana to the volunteers who assist in keeping this website running. 

This website acknowledges the traditional territories of the many Indigenous Alaskan Nations that have lived in and taken care of the lands of Alax̂sxax̂ (Alaska) since time immemorial.