Häł gołan

Hän language

​About Häł gołan


The Hän language is spoken by just two speakers in the village of Eagle, Alaska and by a few more in Dawson City, Yukon. It is most related to Gwich’in and was used as a lingua franca by several Native groups during the Gold Rush era.


Hän has four lexical tones: a low tone, a high tone, a rising tone and a falling tone.



Nänjit dähònche?

Shänjit hǫzǫ




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Updated March 2021. 

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