Avoyel Indian Language (Avoyel-Taensa, Avogel, Avoyelles)
The Avoyel Indians were a small tribe of eastern Louisiana, relatives of the Natchez Indians.
The Avoyels have not existed as a tribe since the late 1700's, but there are some people of Avoyel
descent still living in Louisiana today, particularly among the Tunica-Biloxi Indians and Louisiana Cajun
communities. The Avoyelles were sometimes called the "Petit Taensas" (little Taensas) by the French, referring
to the Taensa tribe living further to the north; however, the Avoyelles and Taensas were
actually distinct from each other.
There are no remaining records of the Avoyel language, but French missionaries considered it
equivalent to Natchez, so probably it was either a Natchez dialect or a closely related