The Tanana are divided into two groups according to language: Upper Tanana and Lower Tanana. They live in central Alaska. Their ancestors were nomads who hunted caribou, mountain sheep and moose. In the winter they lived in skin-covered dome-shaped tents and bark lean-tos in the summer. The Tanana had village headmen chosen by clan leaders. He was chosen because of his family prestige, his leadership skills or his “medicine” power.
Tanana villages are now governed by a council which is made up of men and women. These councils decide land management issues. Very few if any speak their traditional language.
The traditional religion of the Tanana was shamanistic, but their beliefs varied by individual. Today they adhere to their traditional religion though most are also Christian.
The Upper and Lower Tanana peoples need the chance to resurrect their language and culture. This will help give them dignity as a people.
Pray for Tanana disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for their leaders to seek and find Jesus Christ, the only savior, and share his ways with their families and villages.
Pray for the Tanana peoples to thrive in the 21st century.
Scripture Prayers for the Tanana in United States.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Tanana|
|People Name in Country||Tanana|
|Alternate Names||Lower Tanana|
|Population this Country||500|
|Population all Countries||500|
|Progress Scale||3 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Region||America, North and Caribbean|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Alaska: Tanana river below Fairbanks, Minto, and Nenana. Source: Ethnologue 2016|