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Subject: Indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East, Kumandins, Ethnic groups in Russia, First All-Union Census of the Soviet Union, Aleut
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Чалкъанду, Шалкъанду, Къуу-кижи
Chalqandu, Shalqandu, Quu-kizhi
Regions with significant populations
 Russia 1,181[1]
Related ethnic groups

The Chelkans (native name - Shalgan) are a small Turkic people living in southern Siberia. Those residing in Altai Republic are sometimes grouped together with the Altay ethnic group and those in Kemerovo Oblast are grouped with the Shors; however, they are recognized as a separate ethnic group by ethnographers. According to the 2010 census, there were 1,181 Chlenkans in Russia.

External links

  • International Arctic Social Sciences Association, 2001
  • The Chelkan Language page of Endangered Languages of Indigenous Peoples of Siberia


  1. ^ Russian Census 2010: Population by ethnicity (Russian)
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