Makah

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A language of United States

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

No known L1 speakers. Last speaker died in 2002. Ethnic population: 2,220 (2000 census).

Location

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

Language Status

9 (Dormant).

Language Use

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

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