Degexitan, Ingalik of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 275

ROP3 Code: 102494
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: English - (eng)
Religion: Christianity - Orthodox
Country of Origin: United States

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  Anvik, AK - 275

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Brief Profile

The Degexit'an (known also as the Deg Xinag, Deg Xit'an, Deg Hit'an) are a Native American people who reside in Shageluk, Anvik, and Holy Cross along the lower Yukon River in Alaska. The name Ingalik, which in Russian means Indian, is derogatory to the Degexit'an.

Degexit'an is a highly endangered language spoken by only a few dozen people today, but some Degexit'an people are working to keep their ancestral language alive. (See University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaskan Native Language Center.)

Culturally, they have many folktales of animals, old people, a crow man, young girls, two cousins, and a man who lost his wife. Belle Deacon, who resided along the Anvik River was one of the foremost Degexit'an storytellers. She made birchbark and willow root baskets while telling stories.

Russian Orthodox missionaries introduced Christianity to the Degexit'an in the mid-1800s.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God will send messengers of the gospel who will minster to their spiritual and physical needs.
  • Pray for God to work in their hearts and minds of the Degexitan.


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