Makah

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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Kweedishchaaht, Kwe-Nee-Chee-Aht
Population

12 (Golla 2007). Ethnic population: 2,220 (2000 census).

Location

Washington Olympic Peninsula northern tip, Neah Bay, opposite Vancouver Island.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Language Use

Since late 1970s Makah Cultural and Research Center has sponsored language education at Neah Bay (Golla 2007). Elderly only.

Language Development
Taught bilingually in preschool on the reservation and ongoing throughout grade school.