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Chitimacha Indian Language

Chitimacha is a Gulf language, once spoken along the Louisiana coast. The language is unfortunately extinct now--most Chitimacha Indians switched to speaking Cajun French in the 18th century, and the last fluent speaker of the Chitimacha language died in 1940--but today some young people are working to revive their ancestral language again.

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Chitimacha Language
Chitimacha language samples and resources.

Chitimacha Tribe Culture and History
Information and links about the Chitimacha Indians past and present.

Chitimacha Indians Fact Sheet
Our answers to frequently asked questions about the Chitimachas, their language and culture.

Chitimacha Legends
Introduction to the mythology of the Chitimachas.

Chitimacha Language Resources

Our Chitimacha Language Materials

Chitimacha Vocabulary:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Chitimacha language, with comparison to words in other Gulf languages.
Chitimacha Facts for Kids:
    Fact sheet on the Chitimacha lifestyle in the past and today for kids and other students.
Chitimacha Animal Words:
    Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Chitimacha language.

Chitimacha Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Tribal Voices Rise Again:
    Article on Chitimacha language revival programs in Louisiana.
Omniglot: Chitimacha:
    Profile of the Chitimacha language including a phonological inventory, orthography and a text.
Chitimacha Language Revival:
    Documentary film on the history and usage of Chitimacha.
Ethnologue: Chitimacha:
    Demographic information about the Chitimacha language.
Chitimacha Language Tree:
    Theories about Chitimacha's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Chitimacha Language Structures:
    Chitimacha linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Chitimacha Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
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A Structural and Lexical Comparison of the Tunica, Chitimacha & Atakapa Languages:
    Book of comparative Gulf vocabulary and grammar for sale.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Wikipedia: Chitimacha:
Encyclopedia articles on the Chitimachas and their language.
Lengua Chitimacha:
Information on the Chitimacha language in Spanish.
Chitimacha Tribe:
Chitimacha Indian books.

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