500 in United States (Golla 2007), decreasing. Ethnic population: 10,000 (1995 M. Krauss). Total users in all countries: 502.
Alaska: Carcross-Tagish inland, Ketchikan south to Yakutat north.
8a (Moribund). Recognized language (2014, Official Languages of Alaska Law as amended, Alaska Statute 44.12.310).
Mainly older adults, no children. Also use English [eng].
Rich documentation of Tlingit literature and oratory in publications by Nora and Richard Dauenhauer (Golla 2007).