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Kaw Indian Language (Kansa, Kanza)

Kansa, also known as Kanza or Kaw, was a Siouan language of the Great Plains. Unfortunately the last fluent speaker died in the late 20th century, but the Kaw tribe is working to teach their children to speak the language again.





Kansa Language
Kansa language samples and resources.

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

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

Kansa Indian Legends
Introduction to the mythology of the Kansa Indians.



Kansa Language Resources

Our Online Kansa Language Materials

Kansa Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Kansa/Kaw language, with comparison to words in other Siouan languages.
Kansa Animal Words:
    Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Kansa language.
Kansa Body Parts:
    Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Kansan.
Kansa Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in the Kansa language.
Kansa Numbers:
    Worksheet showing how to count in the Kanza language.

Kansa Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Kanza Language Project
     Information about this tribal language revival program and about the Kanza/Kaw language itself.
Kaanze Ie
     Kansa orthography and text example.
Reviving the Kansa Indian Language
     Article on the Kansa language and its fate.
Hello Oklahoma: Kanza Tribe:
    Kanza language greeting, alphabet, and sample text.
Ethnologue: Kansa:
     Demographic information about the Kanza language.
Kanza Language Tree:
    Theories about Kanza's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.

Links, References, and Additional Information

La Lengua Kansas:
Information about the Kansas language in Spanish.
Kaw Nation * Kaw Indians:
Links pages.
Kaw Tribe:
Kansa Indian books.



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