Native American languages
Native American people
Native American heritage
Ais Indian Language (Ays)
The Ais Indians were a tribe of eastern Florida, closely connected with the
Their language was never recorded. Some ethnologists have guessed that it may have been related
to Calusa, based on stories that people
from the two tribes could communicate with each other. Like the Calusa, the Ais were devastated by
European diseases. Some of the survivors were probably sent to Cuba with the Calusas and Tequestas, while
others may have merged with other Floridian Indians and eventually joined the
There was also a Caddoan band in Texas known as "Ais," unrelated to the Florida tribe. You can learn
more about the Texan Ais band here.
Alternate spellings that have been used for the Florida Ais have been Ays and Ys.
Ais Tribe of Florida:
Article on the Ais people from the Early History of the Creek Indians and Their Neighbors.
Before The White Man: The Ais:
Article on the Ais tribe, with photos of Ais Indian pottery.
Ais Native American Artifacts:
Ais historical and archaeological information.
Wikipedia article on the Ais Indians.
Another article on Ais Indian history.
Map showing the location of the Ais and other Florida Indian groups.
Four Directions: Ais:
Timeline and links about the Ais tribe.
Native Americans of Florida:
Book on the history of Florida's Indians, including a chapter on the Ais.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Los Ais: Pueblo Ais:
Information about the Ais and their language in Spanish.
Native Languages of the Americas website © 1998-2015 Contacts and FAQ page
Back to the Indian languages list
Back to our American Indian websites for kids
Back to the Southeastern culture group
What is language revival
Native Indian tattoos
Would you like to sponsor work on the Aiss language page?