Alaska Native Language Archive

Guide to the Ahtna Athabaskan Language Collection

Scope and Content Note

Ahtna is the Athabaskan language of the Copper River and its tributaries, in the communities of Chitina, Lower Tonsina, Copper Center, Tazlina, Glennallen, Gulkana, Gakona, Chistochina, Cantwell, and Mentasta. The youngest speakers of the language are probably in their early thirties, with about 200 Ahtna speakers in a total population of about 600. Ahtna is a single language, the Mentasta dialect being the most divergent. No signaling of dialect has been used in the call numbers, but when an item deals with a divergent dialect this has been stated in the annotation.

A practical orthography for Ahtna was developed in 1973, and since then a fair body of both literary and educational materials have been produced in the language.

Coverage of this bibliography is fairly complete, but may not include some of the most recent school materials produced locally.

[Krauss and McGary 1980]