Current Status of Cup'ig Language

The survival of our Native language, Cup'ig is threatened. This fact was documented by Dr. Michael Krauss of the Alaska Native Language Center (ANLC) at the University of Alaska and is illustrated on the map, Native Peoples and Languages of Alaska, first published in 1975. At that time Krauss indicated, "Some of the children speak the language." Krauss documented continued decline and downgraded the status to "Very few or none of the children speak the language" in 1982. This trend continued into the early 1990s when we began work to forestall the demise, and hopefully to ensure the survival and continued use, of Cup'ig amongst our population.


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