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Ona Indian Language (Selknam)

Ona is a Chon language of Argentina, still spoken today by only a handful of elders on Tierra del Fuego. It is most closely related to the Tehuelche language. Some linguists consider Ona and Selknam to have been distinct languages while others consider them dialects of a single language, but with so few speakers surviving, the point is moot.



Ona Language Resources

Ona Words
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Ona language, with comparison to words in Tehuelche.
Ona Indian Language * Ona Phonology * Ona Grammar:
    Scanned-in Ona language materials from the Rosetta Project.
La Lengua Ona:
    Information on Ona including history, vocabulary, an audio file, and a linguistic map of South America. Page in Spanish.
Ona Prayers:
    Ona translation of the Lord's Prayer and other Christian prayers.
Ona Language:
     Demographic information on Ona from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Ona:
     Wikipedia entry on the Ona language.

Ona Culture and History Links

The Ona Culture:
     History and photographs about the Ona Indians of Tierra del Fuego.
Selk'nam:
     Encyclopedia articles about the Ona tribe.
Selknam * Los Selknam (Onas):
    Information about the Onas in Spanish.

Books For Sale On The Onas

Folk Literature of the Selknam Indians:
    Collection of Ona Indian folklore and traditional stories.



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