The Tsetsaut Language

Tsetsaut was spoken in the Portland Canal area of Northwestern British Columbia. It has been extinct since the early 20th century.

The Tsetsaut name for themselves was recorded as Wetaɬ. The name Tsetsaut comes from /ts'əts'aut/, a term meaning "those of the interior" used by the Gitksan and Nisga'a to refer to the Athabaskan-speaking people to the north and east of them, including not only the Tsetsaut but some Tahltan and Sekani.

Tsetsaut is an Athabaskan language.


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