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Mandan Indian Language (Ruetare)

Mandan is a Siouan language of the Great Plains. Though the Mandan Indians share a reservation with their allies the Hidatsa and Arikara, their language is unrelated to Arikara and only distantly related to Hidatsa. Only a few elders speak Mandan today, but some young Mandans are trying to learn their ancestral language again.





Mandan Language
Mandan language samples and resources.

Mandan Nation Culture and History
Information and links about the Mandan tribe past and present.

Mandan Legends
Introduction to Mandan mythology.

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



Mandan Language Resources

Our Online Mandan Language Materials

Mandan Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Mandan language, with comparison to words in other Siouan languages.

Mandan Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources

The Mandans: A Study Of Their Culture, Archaeology And Language:
    An old Mandan text including a language description and vocabulary lists.
Native American Indian Dictionaries:
    Mandan and other American Indian dictionaries and language materials for sale.

Mandan Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Leaving a Legacy
     Article on the Mandan tribe's efforts to preserve their ancestral language.
Mandan Is Not Welsh
     A concise article by a Welsh speaker debunking the myth that Mandan and Welsh are similar languages.
Text Example of Ruetare
     Part of a story written in the Mandan language.
The Mandans; a study of their culture, archaeology and language:
    An early 20th-century ethnography of the Mandan tribe including an overview of the Mandan language.
Ethnologue: Mandan:
    Demographic information about the Mandan language.
Mandan Language Tree:
    Theories about Mandan's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Mandan Language Structures:
    Mandan linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Mandan Language:
Encyclopedia articles on the Mandan Indian language.
Lengua Mandan:
Information about the Mandan language in Spanish.
Mandans * The Mandan Indians:
Mandan links.
Mandan Tribe:
Mandan Indian books.



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