Alyutors

Alyutors

The Alyutors are an ethnic group (formerly classified as a subgroup of Koryaks) who lived on the Kamchatka and Chukotka peninsulas of the Russian Far East. Today most of them live in the Koryak Autonomous Okrug.

About Alyutors

The Alyutors (Russian: Alyutorcy; self designation: Alutalu, or Alutal'u) are an ethnic group (formerly classified as a subgroup of Koryaks) who lived on the Kamchatka and Chukotka peninsulas of the Russian Far East. Today most of them live in the Koryak Autonomous Okrug. The name also occurs as Olyutorka, a settlement where many of the Alyutors used to live. There is no precise data on the number of Alyutors, but it is estimated that there are approximately 2,000 to 3,000 of them living in Russia nowadays. Alyutors spoke the Alyutor language (also known as Nymylan language), which belongs to the Chukotko-Kamchatkan language family; however less than 10% of the Alyutors still speak it. Today, many Russian experts believe it to be a separate language, though it used to be considered a dialect of the Koryak language. The Alyutors are mentioned in the very first chronicles about the Russian colonization of Kamchatka.

Contributions by Bejnar, Kepper66, and Dinamik-bot.