Chukchi Language


Chukchi is a severely endangered language belonging to the Chukotko-Kamchatkan language family, spoken by the indigenous Chukchi people living in the far North Eastern part of Siberia, Russia. The majority of the roughly 16,000 ethnic Chukchi live in Chukotka Autonomous Okrug

Chukotka Autonomous Okrug.

and of them only around 5,000 report speaking the Chukchi language as their native language, as of the 2010 census.

The majority of Chukchi people, much like most small ethnic groups in Siberia, now speak Russian as their primary language.

The Chukchi people can generally be broken into two main groups. These include the interior “Chavchu” or “reindeer men” and the sea faring “Ankalyn” or “coastal men”.

Chukchi is enjoying a certain degree of revival as of late. The language is being used in more and more elementary schools as the primary language of instruction, and is taught as a course in secondary schools alongside Russian. The Chukchi people have more access to local radio and an increasing number of books are being published in this indigenous language.


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