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  • Resource Database / Languages & Linguistics / Native American Languages

    Resources: 62 listings
    Name and Description Nation Location
    A Potawatomi Word A Day
    Potawatomi United States
    A Potawatomi Word a Day, with usage examples and audio podcast, updated Monday-Friday. The Neshnabé Institute for Cultural Studies, www.neaseno.org
    Alaska Native Language Center
      US - Alaska
    Established in 1972 by state legislation as a center for documentation and cultivation of the state's 20 Native languages. Located at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
    More sites on www.uaf.edu
    Alaskan Orthodox texts (Aleut, Tlingit, Yup'ik)
    Yupik Canada
    Alaskan Orthodox Christian texts (Aleut, Tlingit, Yup'ik-language) in digital transcription, from St. Innocent (Veniaminov), St. Jacob Netsvetov, and others.
    American Language Reprints homepage
    Our web site focuses on early primary source material relating to the languages of the Eastern Woodland tribes such as the Nanticoke, Powhatan, Mohegan-Pequot, Mohawk, Wyandot, and many others. It includes a listing of our reprinted books on the subject as well as many free services, including a searchable database of Native American words, and a prototype linguistic atlas.
    Anishinaabe Language Resources
    Anishinaabe Language Resources - Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College Resources
    More sites on www.fdl.cc.mn.us
    Anishinaabe Translator
    Ojibwe Canada - Eastern
    Translate a word online from English to Anishinaabe or Anishinaabe to English. The double vowel system used here is based on the work of linguists Earl Nyholm of Bemidji State University and John Nichols of The University of Manitoba.
    Odawa US - Northeast
    An Anishinaabemowin language site produced by fluent speaker Kenny Neganigwane Pheasant with Odawa audio examples.
    California Athapascan Home Page
    The Athabascan languages formerly spoken in the northern third of Mendocino and the southern half of Humboldt counties in northwestern California fall into three broad groups of closely related dialects: Hupa-Chilula, Mattole-Bear River, and Eel River.
    More sites on www.geocities.com
    California Linguistic Tribal Groups
      US - Southwest
    More sites on www.mip.berkeley.edu
    Cherokee Language Lessons
    Cherokee US - West
    Provided by the Cherokees of California, Inc., a non-profit tribal organization. It is not affiliated with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, nor is it a federally recognized tribal entity. "We are banded together as descendants of a common Cherokee heritage. Our primary purpose is to preserve and pass on to the next generation our traditions, history and language."
    More sites on www.Powersource.com
    Cherokee Place Names in the Southeastern U.S>
    Cherokee US - Southeast
    Authentic information on place names of Cherokee origin in the Southeastern U.S.
    Cheyenne Language Web Site
    Cheyenne is spoken in southeastern Montana, on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, and in central Oklahoma. It is a member of the large Algonquian language family of North America which includes other languages such as Blackfoot, Arapaho, Cree, Ojibwa, Algonquin, Potawatomi, Kickapoo, Menomini, Fox, Massachusett, Delaware, Shawnee, Micmac, and Naskapi.
    More sites on www.geocities.com
    Comanche Language and Cultural Preservation Committee
    Comanche US - West
    In July of 1993, the Comanche Language and Cultural Preservation Committee was formed with the vision of reviving the Comanche language into a "living language" once again. Most of our fluent speakers are elderly, and they are not being replaced with new, younger speakers as they pass on. We want to change that trend and provide the opportunity for Comanche people of all ages to be able to speak, write and understand the language in order that it and our culture might live on.
    Copper Canoe Consulting
    Kwakiutl Canada - Western
    Specializing in Aboriginal Education and language retention programs using multimedia. Eg. using CD-ROMS, books, video in a fun ineractive way to promote Aboriginal languages.
    Dakota language lessons
    A note on requests for word/phrase translations: We appreciate the great interest in the language. As you will discover by going through our site, however, we believe that learning by translation is a hindrance to the actual speaking of the language. We will continue to provide you with opportunities to speak the language, but we feel that offering translations runs counter to our goal.
    Danny Ammon's Hupa Language Web Page
    I am putting this Web Page together to assist others in trying to learn to speak the Hupa Language as well as to help me in my study of the language and attempt to improve my own speaking ability.
    More sites on www.dcn.davis.ca.us
    Etnolingüística: Línguas Indígenas da América do Sul
      America - South
    Discussion list on native South American languages
    Guarani Renda
    Guarani America - South
    Site about Guarani language. Phonology, grammar and literature. For now, written just in spanish and guarani.
    Haida Language Mainpage
    Haida US - Alaska
    This website is brought to you by the Sealaska Heritage Institute, and is dedicated to the study, preservation and revitalization of the Haida language.
    Huron - Wendat language
    By Benoît Jacques and Michel Gros-Louis.
    Indigenous Language Institute
      US - Southwest
    The Indigenous Language Institute (ILI) recognizes the imminent loss of indigenous peoples' languages. ILI facilitates innovative, successful community-based initiatives for language revitalization through collaboration with other appropriate groups and organizations, and promotes public awareness of this crisis.
    International Conferences on Salish and Neighboring Languages
    Kasaan Haida Heritage Foundation
    Haida US - Alaska
    To honor the vision and unselfish actions of our Kasaan Haida ancestors and elders, Kasaan Haida Heritage Foundation aims to document, preserve, and promote those things that make the Kasaan Haidas unique.
    Lakota Language and Culture Center
    Lakota US - West
    Lakota Language and Culture Center
    More sites on www.human2human.net
    Lakota Language Consortium
    Lakota US - West
    LLC is a nonprofit organization working to revitalize the Lakota language. It promotes language use in reservation communities and provides schools with resources they need to teach the language. - good place to find language statistics and other resource materials.
    More sites on www.lakhota.org
    Lenguas Australes
    Kawésqar America - South
    suggested nation: Selknam, Kawesqar, Manekenk, Gününa küne, Aonikenk, Yamana Online references and resources about languages and cultures of South Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego (South America).
    More sites on www.geocities.com
    Linguists Currently Working on Hupa Language
    More sites on www.dcn.davis.ca.us
    MaLakota - I am Lakota
    Sioux Europe & Russia
    This is a site on the Internet regarding Lakota Sioux Language and Spirituality.
    More sites on www.malakota.com
    Maliseet-Passamaquoddy Dictionary
    Maliseet Canada - Eastern
    This dictionary is a work-in-progress. It now contains approximately 675 entries. Many more will be added in the near future. In March 1998, many recordings of entries and examples were added. These sound files are in WAV format. The recordings were made by native speakers of the language.
    Mawaw Ceseniyah
    Menominee US - Northeast
    Mawaw Ceseniyah is a independent, non-profit, grassroots Menominee language and culture center focused on community involvement through language immersion and cultural activities.
    More sites on www.indigenousuprising.com
    Mi'gmaq Online
    Mi'kmaw Canada - Eastern
    Mi'gmaq Online talking dictionary of the Mi'gmaq language.
    Native American Language Center - UC Davis
      US - Southwest
    The Center's goal has been to support the teaching and learning of Native American Languages, and to encourage general linguistic research on American Indian languages, but it will also be dedicated to fostering the intergenerational transfer of language knowledge in Native American communities.
    Native American languages
      United States
    A sizable list of native languages and clasifications (of languages).
    More sites on www.geocities.com
    Native American Languages Index
      US - Central
    Organization dedicated to American Indian language preservation provides online information about each language and the indigenous people who speak it. Orrin is from the Cherokee Nation, but the site covers many other langauges
    More sites on www.native-languages.org
    Native languages: Legacy and Lifeline
    Hidatsa US - Central
    The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, today jointly known as the Three Affiliated Tribes, are fighting to save their languages -- and culture -- from extinction.
    A special multimedia report, "Dying Tongues," by Patrick Springer in the Fargo Forum.
    More sites on www.in-forum.com
    Navajo Language Resource Centre
    Navajo Australia
    A comprehensive site devoted to the preservation of the Navajo language. It contains everything from downloadable Navajo fonts to information on the courses and texts available for those keen to study and learn the language.
    More sites on www.angelfire.com
    Potawatomi US - Central
    We feature language resources regarding the Potawatomi language and stories of the early neshnabek peoples prior to the removal, during the remval period, 1830-1878, after the removal period, and todays' modern Potawatomi people.
    More sites on www.neaseno.org
    Noongo e-Anishinaabemjig
    Anishinaabe United States
    Noongo e-Anishinaabemjig (People Who Speak Anishinaabe Today). A collection of lessons, stories, songs, and resources created by an active language table in Michigan.
    More sites on www.umich.edu
    Ohwejagehka: Hadegaenage:
    Iroquois Canada - Eastern
    Ohwejagehka: Ha`degaenage: has been established to preserve and nurture the languages, songs and dances that are indigenous to North America.
    More sites on www.ohwejagehka.com
    Ojibwe Language Society Miinawaa
    A group put together to teach, learn and speak the Ojibwe language. Please come join us.
    More sites on groups.yahoo.com
    Ojibwe Language Society: Keeping Ojibwe Language and Culture Strong
    Ojibwe US - Northeast
    Ojibwe Language Society is an independent, non-profit organization. We started as a small student group at the University of Minnesota, and have since split off of that group to form our own non-profit so that we can focus our language efforts more broadly. We continue to collaborate closely with the U of M student group, and support their efforts with a local language table. We also support other language tables throughout Indian Country.
    Paiute Culture and Language
    Paiute US - West
    Because our Paiute language, songs and dances are disappearing, this site was formed to preserve them by giving them as a gift to you here. I would like to share out beautiful culture with you here today.
    Potawatomi Language - Hannahville Indian Community - Nah Tah Wahsh PSA
    Potawatomi US - Central
    Potawatomi Language Website: An Educational Resource Tool to Support Language Classes taught in the School and Community. "Welcome to the future..... This may not be exactly what our Elders had in mind when they said that it is our responsibility to orally hand down to the next generation the things that we learn so that those coming behind us would have what we have and more. We were always reminded to think ahead for seven generations remembering that what we do and how we live will serve as a foundation for those yet to come. As we pick up those things that were left for us and use them to the best of our ability, it is our intent through the electronic world to preserve and pass it on to all future generations."
    Potawatomi Web
    Our website reflects our desire to strengthen and revitalize the use of the Prairie Band Potawatomi language, as well as to share documents and resources on Potawatomi history and culture. We gear our site to members of our tribe, but you are welcome, whatever your heritage, as long as you are respectful of our language and traditions.
    Quapaw Language
    Quapaw US - Southwest
    The Quapaw tongue belongs to the Dhegiha subdivision of the Siouan language family and is closely related to the Omaha, Osage, Kansa, and Ponca tribes, all of whom speak similar dialects. This is one of many reasons scholars agree that the Quapaw originally lived near or with the other Dhegiha Sioux.
    More sites on www.geocities.com
    Raven's Tsa-La-Gi page
    The aim of this site is to provide a resource for others who are interested in Cherokee language and/or culture.
    More sites on www.csusm.edu
    Raven's Tsalagi Resources
    Tsalagi US - West
    Major resources offered are a listing of printed materials, a lexicon of Tsalagi words, and links to other resources. I am currently in the process of updating the site's links. thank you jen
    Resources for Endangered Languages
      US - Northeast
    This site is for members and friends of endangered language communities, with an emphasis on Native American languages. Sponsored by the Endangered Language Fund at Yale University.
      US - Northeast
    Complete list of Indian Place Names for RI with historical/geographical info. + translations--from Colonial Times to Present; over 1600 entries, including variant spellings.
    More sites on www.rootsweb.com
    Seminole language, muskogee(creek),huron,mohawk,english,german phrases
    Wendat-Huron US - Northwest
    Native American Languages of the Northeast(Wendat-huron,mohawk)and southeast(mvkok,muscogee,seminole) phrases also in english,german langauges
    More sites on www.angelfire.com
    Sm'algyax Living Legacy Talking Dictionary
    Tsimshian Canada
    Developed under the auspices of the Ts'msyen Sm'algyax Authority, this online dictionary includes over 6,000 words and thousands of sound files and images of Tsimshian people.
    Technology-Enhanced Language Revitalization
      US - Southwest
    The goal of Technology-Enhanced Language Revitalization (@ the university of arizona) is to establish an informational resource for community language specialists, advocates, and linguists centering on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in language revitalization.
    The Cherokee Companion
    This software is dedicated to the memory of the Ancient Ones who thought, dreamt, and spoke in the Cherokee language long before anyone tried to take it away from their descendants. May our continued use of their beautiful language serve as a constant reminder that America is built upon the graves of Indians - whose language and descendants may be found everywhere today.
    The Dictionary Of The Spoken Taino Language
    Taino America - Central
    This is the Spanish-English dictionary of the Taino language. It is spoken throughtout the circum Caribbean, Florida, New Jersey and other parts of the United States diaspora.
    More sites on members.dandy.net
    The Neshnabe Institute for Cultural Studies
    Anishinabek US - Central
    The Neshnabe Institute for Cultural Studies (NICS) is dedicated to the preservation of Neshnabek Languages and Cultures. Cultural teachings and Potawatomi language lessons, including sound files, are currently posted.
    More sites on www.neaseno.org
    The Piegan Institute
    Blackfeet US - Northwest
    The mission of the Piegan Institute is to serve as a vehicle to research, promote and preserve Native languages. Founded in 1987, the Institute has its national headquarters and community-based programs on the Blackfeet Indian reservation in northwest Montana.
    Tribal Fires Ojibwe Language Pages
    Ojibwe US - Northeast
    Fun pages where you can move your mouse over objects in the images to hear words in Ojibwe. Find what you have learned with the language test.
    More sites on tribalfires.com
    TWG Productions Home Page
    Comanche US - Southwest
    This site is dedicated to promoting the goals, mission and reporting on current events affecting TWG Productions, a grassroots non-profit company that works with American Indian nations to promote and preserve their native languages. Most recently, TWG Productions has been working with the Comanche of Oklahoma to develop educational media targeted toward preschool children and their families.
    More sites on www.geocities.com
    Vocabularies of the Shawanoese and Wyandott Languages, etc.
    Originally Published in 1858. Written by Indian Agent, Col. John Johnston.
    More sites on www.wyandot.org
    Wendat Dialects and the Development of the Huron Alliance
    The development of the seventeenth century Huron tribal alliance is investigated using evidence from dialect analysis of the phonetic features found in writings of the Wendat language (Huron and Petun).
    By John Steckley, Humber College.
    More sites on www.wyandot.org
    Wyandot Language Multimedia Files
    These files are intended to serve as a sort of on-line multimedia "Wyandot Sesame Steet". They are constantly developing and evolving. These files are all in .wav format.
    More sites on www.sfo.com
    Ökwanyääshâôt - Mingo Nation Southern Band
    Mingo United States
    Dedicated to the revitalization of the Mingo Language and Culture.

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