Tsuut'ina is a Northern Athabaskan language spoken mainly in the Tsuu T'ina Nation 145 Indian reserve to the southwest of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. In 2015 there were 48 speakers of Tsuut'ina, 11 of whom are working to revitalize the language [source].
The native name, Tsúùt'ínà, is translated as "many people", "nation tribe" or "people among the beavers". The name Sarcee / Sarsi is believed to come from the Blackfoot (Siksiká) word saxsii, saxsiiwak or sassewuck, which means "Woody Country Indian", "Bold People" or "Real/True Indian". The Tsuut'ina Nation decided to change the name of their language and nation from Sarcee to Tsuut'ina in 2015.
In 2011 a program to preserve and revive the Tsuut'ina language was set up by the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary, in association with the Tsuu T'ina Gunaha Institute. The main aim of the program is to train people to teach Tsuut'ina. The Tsuu T'ina Gunaha Institute aims to revitalize Tsuut'ina, and runs community evening class, classes in schools, and a mentor-apprentice program. They also produce learning materials and resources for Tsuut'ina.
Construction of a new high school for the Tsuut'ina Nation begin in early 2019, and is due to be completed in 2020. One focus of the school will be teaching and rejuvenating the Tsuut'ina language and culture [source].
Tłik’a daayash! Ɂuwaala.
Cha. Sini tadistsił yinisin.
Nu Sidzagha tadistsił yinisin.
Nu Sicha tadistsił yinisin.
Information about Tsuut'ina
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
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