Inupiatun, Northwest Alaska


A language of United States

Alternate Names
Eskimo, Inupiatun, Northwest Alaska Inupiat, Seward Inupiaq

5,580 (2010 census), decreasing. All Inuit languages: 75,000 out of 91,000 in the ethnic group (1995 M. Krauss). Census lists this as Eskimo. Ethnic population: All Inupiatun: 13,500 (includes [esi]) (Golla 2007).


Alaska, Kobuk and Noatak rivers, Seward Peninsula, and Bering Strait.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Bering Strait Inupiaq, Diomede Inupiaq, King Island Inupiaq, Kobuk Inupiaq, Kotzebue Inupiaq, Qawiaraq, Seward Inupiaq, Wales Inupiaq. A member of macrolanguage Inupiaq [ipk].

Language Use

Immersion schools. Most speakers 40 and older. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Dictionary. NT: 1997–2010.

Latin script [Latn].