Language Family: Dene (Athabaskan)

Language known as: Tsetsaut, Ts'ets'aut

Wetalh was spoken in the Portland Canal area of northwestern BC. The langauge is currently considered a sleeping language. There was a speaker of the language recorded in 19271 but there have not been any speakers of the language reported in the past few decades.

The name of the language was recorded by anthropologist George T. Emmons in 19112. An article by Boas and Goddard3 contains almost all of the known Tsetsaut material and these were recorded by Boas in 1894. A few words remembered by Gitanyow A elders are also mentioned in Sterritt et al.1.

State of the Language

Fluent speakers: 0

Wetalh is currently a sleeping language.

Footnotes / References
1. Sterritt, Neil J., Susan Marsden, Robert Galois, Peter R. Grant, and Richard Overstall (1998). Tribal Boundaries in the Nass Watershed.
2. Poser, William J. (2003b). The Names of the First Nations Languages of British Columbia.
3. Boas, Franz and Pliny Earle Goddard (1924). Ts'ets'aut, an Athapascan language from Portland Canal, British Columbia.

Audio Clip References
A. Gitanyow - Wilson, A. (2008, July 30). Interview with Ardyth Wilson.