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Chimariko Indian Language (Djimaliko)

Chimariko is an extinct language of northern California, considered by some linguists to be part of the Hokan family of languages. Like many California Indians, the Chimariko people were devastated by the aggression of gold miners in the 1800's--most of the tribe was killed in a massacre in 1871, and the survivors took shelter with their kinfolk the Shasta. The Chimariko language has not been spoken for generations.

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Our Online Chimariko Materials

Chimariko Vocabulary:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Chimariko language, with comparison to words in other Hokan languages.

Chimariko Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Chimariko Language: * Chimariko Phonology * Chimariko Grammar * Chimariko Text:
    Scanned-in Chimariko language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Ethnologue of Languages: Chimariko:
    Demographic information about the Chimariko language.
*Survey of California Indian Languages: Chimariko:
    Profile of the Chimariko language from the University of California at Berkeley.
Chimariko Language Tree:
    Theories about Chimariko's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Chimariko Language Structures:
    Chimariko linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Chimariko Culture and History Links

The Chimariko Indians:
    Article on Chimariko culture, with a map of their traditional territory.
Chimariko Indian History:
    Article on the history of the Chimariko Indians.
Chimariko Legends:
    Collection of Chimariko legends and folktales.
    Profile of the tribe, historical timeline, and links from the Four Directions Institute.

Books For Sale On The Chimarikos
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Celilo Tales: Chimariko Myths, Legends, Tales of Magic and the Marvelous
    Collection of Chimariko and other Plateau Indian legends for sale online.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Wikipedia: Chimariko:
Encyclopedia article on the Chimariko language.
Lengua Chimariko: * Idioma Chimariko:
Information on the Chimariko language in Spanish, including a linguistic map of the West Coast.

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