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Ho-Chunk Indian Language (Hocak, Hocąk, Winnebago)

Hochunk is a Siouan language of the Great Lakes, spoken today by only a few dozen people in Wisconsin and Nebraska. The language had been in decline, but a vigorous Hochunk revival program is helping young people to learn their ancestral language again.





Hochunk Indian Language
Ho-Chunk language samples and resources.

Ho-Chunk Nation Culture and History
Information and links about the Ho-Chunk/Winnebago Indians past and present.

Ho-Chunk Indians Fact Sheet
Our answers to frequently asked questions about the Hochunk tribe, their language and culture.

Legends of the Ho-Chunk Indians
Introduction to the mythology of the Winnebagos.



Ho-Chunk Language Resources

Our Online Ho-Chunk Language Materials

Hochunk Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Ho chunk Indian language, with comparison to words in other Siouan languages.
Ho-Chunk Animal Words:
     Picture glossary of animal words in the Ho-Chunk Indian language.

Ho-Chunk Language Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources

Hocak Teaching Materials Part 1 * Hocak Teaching Materials Part 2:
    Two-volume Hocak language learning set including dictionary, grammar, and audio CDs.
The Holy Bible in the Winnebago Indian Language:
    A collection of Ho-Chunk Biblical translations from the early 20th century.
Native American Language Dictionaries:
    Ho-Chunk and other American Indian dictionaries and language materials for sale.

Ho-Chunk Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Hocak Wazija Haci Language Division
     Home page of the tribal language initiative has a public .wav file and Hocak lessons available for tribal members
Hotcak Alphabet:
    Introduction to the old Ho-Chunk writing system, with a sample text.

Literature and Texts in the Ho-Chunk Language

Hotcak Encyclopedia: Texts:
    A great collection of traditional Ho-Chunk stories along with English translations.
Hocak Prayers:
    Ho-Chunk translation of the Lord's Prayer.
Language Museum: Hocak: * Gospels in the Winnebago Language:
    Bible passages in the Ho-Chunk Indian language.
Winnebago Language Tree:
    Theories about Hochunk's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Winnebago Language Structures:
    Ho-Chunk linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Ho-Chunk Language Preservation and Usage

Tribe Tries to Sustain Ho-Chunk Language
     Article about Hochunk language loss and revitalization
Ethnologue: Ho-Chunk:
    Demographic information about the Ho-Chunk language.

Additional Resources

  Wikipedia: Winnebago:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Winnebago tribe and their language.
  La Lengua Winnebago:
  Article on the Winnebago language in Spanish. With a language map of the Great Lakes region.
  Ho-Chunk Tribe:
  Ho-Chunk Indian books.



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