Guide to the Eyak Language Collection
Scope and Content Note
Eyak is not an Athabaskan language, but is clearly related genetically to Athabaskan as a whole. It was once spoken on the southeastern coast of Alaska from Controller Bay as far as Cape Fairweather beyond Yakutat, but was progressively assimilated to Tlingit, and with the northward advance of Tlingit, Eyak moved into the Copper River Delta as far as present-day Cordova in the 18th century. The last native speaker of Eyak passed away in January 2008.