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Vocabulary Words in Native American Languages: Chumash

Welcome to our Chumash vocabulary page! Chumash is a Hokan language, related to other languages like Salinan and Seri. We have included twenty basic Chumash words here, enough to provide a simple comparison with related American Indian languages. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many indigenous languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

You can find a broader selection of Chumash words in our online picture glossaries. If you would like to know a word that is not included in any of these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian words fundraiser or visit our main Chumash language site for more free resources.

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Chumash Word Set

English (Français) Inezeno Chumash words
One (Un) Paka's
Two (Deux) 'Iško'm
Three (Trois) Masix
Four (Quatre) Skumu
Five (Cinq) Yitipaka's
Man (Homme) 'Ihi'y
Woman (Femme) Eneq
Dog (Chien) Huču
Sun (Soleil) Qsi
Moon (Lune) 'Awa'y
Water (Eau) 'O'

Click here to see Chumash vocabulary words compared to words in related Hokan languages: Hokan Indian Words

Chumash Picture Dictionaries

Here are some themed Chumash word lists we have put together and illustrated for language learners. Feel free to print them out for classroom purposes!

*Chumash animal words

Additional Resources

   Southern California Indians
   Native dictionary
   Names in Native American
   Hokan-Siouan



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