Haida (Xaat K\xedl) is the language of the southern half of Prince of Wales Island in the villages of Hydaburg, Kasaan, and Craig, as well as a portion of the city of Ketchikan. Haida is considered a linguistic isolate with no proven genetic relationship to any language family.
About 600 Haida people live in Alaska, and about 15 of the most elderly of those speak the language. A modern writing system was developed in 1972.
|sán uu dáng giidang?||hello (how are you?)|
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Alaska is home to at least twenty distinct indigenous languages. More than just dialectal variants, these different languages reflect the diverse cultural heritage of Alaska's Native peoples. For more information about particular languages, click below.
|Unangam Tunuu / Aleut|
|Alutiiq / Sugpiaq|
|Central Alaskan Yup'ik|
|Populations and Speakers|