Archive for July, 2009

Iroquoian languages, other than Cherokee

Probably the most famous of all the Iroqouian-speaking peoples are the Cherokee , but there are others. Names like Mohawk and Oneida will sound familiar to most, though the identification might not go further than hairstyles and appliances.

But these are actually names of Iroquoian-speaking tribes in the northern US and southern Canada. Like nearly all native peoples in the US, their languages are endangered. Here are a few links to some of their revival efforts.

Oneida Language Revitalization Program

Oneida Language Tools at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay…notice the teaching grammar .pdf available for download.

Mohawk lessons at has some information on standardizing Mohawk.

Ohwejagehka: Iroquoian languages in general.

And last but not least today is the highly endangered language, Mingo.


July 27, 2009 at 12:21 am Leave a comment

National Geographic – Disappearing Languages

This is an interactive map of spots around the world where endangered languages are found, including locations in the Americas.

You’ll need to make sure you have Adobe Flash to use the site.

National Geographic – Disappearing Languages

July 20, 2009 at 1:00 am 2 comments

Immersion key to language revitilization

Here’s an article entitled Immersion key to language revitilization from the Cherokee Phoenix regarding an immersion¬† program in Oklahoma for children.

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July 16, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Yesterday, an ACLU press release came out about Yup’ik speakers getting language assistance in voting in Bethel, Alaska.

Bethel is a town about 340 miles (540¬†km) west of Anchorage with a majority Native American population. Central Alaskan Yup’ik is an Eskimo-Aleut language spoken by up to 10,000 people in Alaska.

If interested in some Yup’ik grammar there’s a rather gritty .pdf version of “Yupik Eskimo Grammar” by Irene Reed and others available at

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July 15, 2009 at 12:13 am Leave a comment

Youtube channel

I’ve started a Youtube channel to collect some of the increasing amount of videos related to indigenous languages. One of the first videos I found on Youtube was “Navajo Language: From Past to Present” by Nicholet Deschine, a short documentary about the Navajo and their language.

July 13, 2009 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Native language education

There are a couple of news items relating to Native language education in the past week.

One article is about the Albuquerque Public Schools’ Navajo Language summer school. An article from May details an Arapaho immersion program offered by the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming.

And another is about Native languages finding their way into universities.

July 10, 2009 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Anishinaabemowin – Ojibwe

Continuing with Algonquian languages from the last post, I’d like to point readers to a few pages on Ojibwe. With over 60,000 speakers in the US and Canada, Ojibwe is near top of the healthiest indigenous languages in these two countries.

There are quite a few resources for learning Ojibwe vocabulary and grammar, suprisingly more, it seems, than Cree, Navajo or Central Yup’ik.

Anishinaabemowin where readers will find conversational lessons, links as well as things like verb paradigms.

Red Lake Net News maintains a site with conversations and bilingual stories in Ojibwe. keeps information and links to language camps, and places where Ojibwe is taught. maintains a lot of cultural and linguistic information. Their Language Camp is being held

July 24, 25, 26, 2009

July 8, 2009 at 10:51 am 2 comments

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