Pomo Indian Language (Yakaya, Yokaia, Shanel, Kábinapek, Gallinomero)
The Pomo languages are considered by some linguists to be part of the larger Hokan family
of languages. There were once seven distinct Pomo languages, as different from one another as the Romance languages of Europe (French, Spanish,
Italian, Portuguese, and so on.) Language loss in California has been especially severe, however--the legacy of the Gold Rush days, in which massacres
and Indian slavery, while technically illegal, were not actively discouraged--and today the only Pomoan languages with more than a few elderly speakers are
Kashaya and Central Pomo. Though the remaining native speakers of Central Pomo are
also elders, there is an active language preservation movement and some young Pomos are working to learn their ancestral language before it disappears.
Our list of vocabulary words in the Central and Eastern Pomo languages, with comparison to words in other Hokan languages.
Pomo Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Pomo language.