Hän is a Na-Déné language of the Northern Athabaskan sub-group. It is spoken in Dawson City in Yukon in Canada, and in Eagle, a city on the south bank of the Yukon River in Alaska in the USA. There are about 12 Hän speakers, all of whom are elderly: 5 in Canada and 7 in the USA. The Hän call themselves Hän Hwëch'in or "people who live along the (Yukon) River". Hän is closely related to Gwich’in and Upper Tanana.
A spelling system for Hän was devised by linguists in the 1970s.
In 1991 a program to revive Hän was set up at Robert Service School in Dawson City. There are language classes for adults, cultural gatherings, a bi-annual summer celebration at Moosehide, and various learning materials are being produced.
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Information about the Hän language
Ahtna, Apache (Western), Babine-Witsuwit'en, Chilcotin, Chipewyan, Deg Xinag, Dena’ina, Dane-zaa (Beaver), Eyak, Gwich'in, Hän, Hupa, Jicarilla, Kaska, Koyukon, Lipan Apache, Lower Tanana, Mescalero-Chiricahua, Navajo, North Slavey, Sekani, South Slavey, Tahltan, Tanacross, Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib), Tolowa, Tsuut'ina (Sarcee), Tutchone, Upper Kuskokwim, Upper Tanana
Languages written with the Latin alphabet
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