Tlingit is an American Indian language of Southeast Alaska and adjacent portions of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. It is classified linguistically as part of the Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit language family because it shows clear similarities in grammatical structure to the Eyak and Athabaskan languages. The Tlingit language itself is unique in four sounds that seem to be found in no other language on our planet.
The Dauenhauers translated stories, songs, and oratory from Tlingit to the English language. Also captured Tlingit ceremonies, protocols, and interviews on audio, video, and reel-to-reel tapes.
Fluent Tlingit speakers, the Dauenhauers made countless contributions to studying and preserving the language and oral tradition.