Archive for July, 2009
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.
Mohawk lessons at Languagegeek.com
Kanienkehaka.com has some information on standardizing Mohawk.
Ohwejagehka: Iroquoian languages in general.
And last but not least today is the highly endangered language, Mingo.
This is an interactive map of spots around the world where endangered languages are found, including locations in the Americas.
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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 eric.ed.gov
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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.
There are a couple of news items relating to Native language education in the past week.
And another is about Native languages finding their way into universities.
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.
Ojibwemowin.com keeps information and links to language camps, and places where Ojibwe is taught.
July 24, 25, 26, 2009