I probably should have been more clear about what I meant by "the Chukchis."
The Chuckchi people have been living in the Chukotka region for heaven knows how long.
Since the Russian expansion into NE Asia and Alaska, their cultural identity has been much reduced. The natural environment, the life style, and their physical health have all been affected.
For the primary indicator of their identity as a people, I chose the Chukchi language. For what is a people without its own language?
They have been intermarrying with the Russians, so without a live Chukchi language, they can be reduced to a page in Russian regional ethnography.
Rephrasing the question, what do you think are the chances that the Chukchis can revive their language and reclaim their cultural identity?
Or do you think they will become nonexixtent as a distinct cultural group within NE Siberian Russia?