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Miwok Indian Language

Miwok is a Penutian language of California. There are seven dialects of Miwok which are so distinct from one another that most linguists consider them to be multiple languages, but since three of them are no longer spoken and the other four are spoken by fewer than a dozen elders apiece, they are usually discussed together. The Miwok languages are highly endangered, but some young Miwoks are working to learn their ancestral tongues again.

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Miwok Language
Miwok language samples and resources.

Miwok Culture and History
Information and links about the Miwok tribe past and present.

Miwok Indians Fact Sheet
Our answers to common questions about the lifestyle of Miwok Indian people.

Miwok Legends
Introduction to Miwok mythology.

Miwok Language Resources

Our Online Miwok Materials

Miwok Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in three Miwok languages, with comparison to words in other Penutian languages.
Miwok Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Sierra Miwok language.

Miwok Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Linguistic Families of Northern California * Pre-Contact California Tribal Territories:
    Maps showing where in California the Miwok language is spoken.
Coast Miwok Language Tutorial
     Pronunciation guide, wordlists and audio files in Coast Miwok.
The Southern Sierra Miwok Language
     Scanned-in text of a Southern Sierra Miwok dictionary (with grammar notes).
Northern Sierra Miwok: * Central Sierra Miwok: * Northern Miwok Map * Southern Miwok Map:
    Miwok Grammar * Northern Sierra Miwok Phonology * Central Sierra Miwok Phonology:
    Southern Sierra Miwok Vocabulary * Central Sierra Miwok Text * Northern Sierra Miwok Text:
    Scanned-in Miwok language materials from the Rosetta Project including language maps, wordlists and texts.
Central Sierra Miwok: * North Sierra Miwok: * South Sierra Miwok: * Bay Miwok: * Plains Miwok: * Coast Miwok: * Lake Miwok:
    Demographic information about the Miwok languages from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Central Sierra Miwok * Coast Miwok * Lake Miwok * Northern Sierra Miwok * Plains Miwok * Saclan * Southern Sierra Miwok:
    Profiles of the Miwok languages from the Berkeley Survey of California Indian Languages.
Coast Miwok Language Tree * Lake Miwok Language Tree * Southern Sierra Miwok Language Tree
    Plains Miwok Language Tree * Saclan Language Tree * Northern Miwok Language Tree * Central Miwok Language Tree:
    Theories about Miwok's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Bodega Miwok Language Structures * Lake Miwok Language Structures * Central Sierra Miwok Language Structures
    Northern Miwok Language Structures * Southern Miwok Language Structures * Plains Miwok Language Structures:
    Miwok linguistic profiles and academic bibliographies.
*Miwok Vocabulary:
    Early 20th-century wordlists of Central and Southern Miwok

Miwok Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
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Northern Sierra Miwok Dictionary
     Dictionary of the Northern Sierra Miwok language for sale.
American Indian Dictionaries:
    Miwok and other Native American dictionaries and language materials for sale.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Southern Sierra Miwok Language:
Encyclopedia articles on Miwok.
Lenguas Miwokan:
Information about the Miwok language in Spanish.
Miwok language links.
Miwok Tribe:
Miwok Indian books.

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