Udihe (or Udeghe) is a Tungussic language spoken as a first language by approximately 50 people, all over 60 years old, in the southern part of the Russian Far East. At present their main centres of residences are the settlements Agzu (Terneyskiy District of Primorskiy Region), Gwasyugi (Lazo District of Khabarovskiy Region), and Krasnyy Yar (Pozharskiy District of Primorskiy Region), although there are a few more speakers in neighbouring settlements too. The group living in Agzu and Gwasyugi speaks the Northern Dialect of Udihe and the group living in Krasnyy Yar speaks the Southern dialect. More information about the language and its usage can be found in Nikolaeva & Tolskaya (2001).
The texts published here were recorded by Maria Tolskaya, some with participation of Elena Perekhvalskaya, during two field trips to the Udihe land:
- In 2006 to the village Krasnyy Yar. This work was sponsored by the Endangered Language Fund grant awarded to Elena Perekhvalskaya, Irina Nikolaeva and Maria Tolskaya.
- In 2011 to the village Agzu. The trip was organized by Elena Perekhvalskaya.
The translation, transcription and analysis was provided by Maria Tolskaya and partly Irina Nikolaeva. In the transcription, line suspension marks (…) indicate unclear passages, while brackets denote insertions in Russian.
The Images section contains photographs taken by Maria Tolskaya.