Archive for September, 2009

Osages Strengthen their Language

Osage is a severely endangered Siouan language spoken today by a handful of people in Oklahoma. On an annual immersion trip to Colorado Springs, students of various ages learn about Osage language and culture.

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September 28, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment


Recently, I learned about a site called SAIVUS (Society to Advance Indigenous Vernaculars of the US) that intends to be a resource of learning materials for Native American languages. At the time of writing, there is a lesson each for Hawaiian and Lakota, mostly info on pronunciation. I look forward to seeing how this project progresses!

September 22, 2009 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

more Salish

COASTAL SALISH for Coastal Salish, specifically Lushootseed, spoken around the Puget Sound area of Washington.

Lushootseed Video Series has some video lessons on Lushootseed. has some audio recordings of phrases, and some video lessons.

Montler’s Klallam language page has some interesting samples and videos of this severely endangered Salishan language. There’s also an older article mentioning Dr. Montler’s work.

Montler’s Saanich page contains links to a Saanich word list and an outline of morphology and phonology. However, the latter is a very technical work, not really designed for the language learner unless you’re a linguist!

INTERIOR SALISH for Interior Salish in Washington and British Columbia has some lessons from the Char Koosta News specifically for the Interior Salish spoken on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana.

Montler and Doak’s page on Coeur D’Alene contains a lot of technical information as well as texts. Remember to use the links at the top of the page for more info. has some information on their Interior Salish language.

September 21, 2009 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

Course on Hul’q’umi’num’ (Halkomelem)

The University of Victoria in British Columbia has a short course on Hul’q’umi’num’ (sometimes written as Halkomelem) on their site here.

There are several other Coast Salish languages and dialects spoken in SW British Columbia and the Puget Sound area of Washington, all are endangered to one degree or another. More links will be added soon for some of these.

September 14, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Article from Sacramento Bee

Another story about revitalization efforts in California.

September 7, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment