Marie Smith, the last speaker of the Eyak language died on January 21. She was 89.
her Eyak name was Udachkuqax*a'a'ch which meant a sound that calls people from afar.
A soft and treacherous spot in the ice was called demexch, bad place to walk but maybe a good place to fish.
There were 38 native speakers of Eyak in 1933, but after her sister died in the 1990's Marie was the only one left.
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