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Taz people (udae) (from Chinese "tadza" simply "people in fish skin") - a small ethnic group living compactly in the Primorsky Territory. They belong to the indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation.

In 1979 in Primorsky territory number of Taz people was 191 people (174 of them in the Olginsky district of the Primorsky territory, 115 of them in the village of Mikhaylovka), according to the 2002 census – 300 people.

According to odontology, the Taz people stand out among other small-numbered peoples of the Primorsky Territory and belong to the Far Eastern anthropological type, while the Nanais and Udege people mainly represent the result of mixing the Baikal and Far Eastern types.

The Taz speak a northern dialect of Chinese, which belongs to the Sino-Tibetan language family. Modern Tazs are bilingual – they know Russian and Chinese, until the late 1950s. Some representatives of the older generation remembered the languages of the constituent components of the ethnos - Nanai, Manchurian, Solon, Udege, Oroch. Now most of them consider Russian as their native language. The Taz language is unwritten.


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