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According to their oral histories, the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona all share a common ancestry, descending from the ancient Anasazi civilization. Unlike other confederacies of related Indian peoples such as the Iroquois or Wabanaki, however, the Pueblo people are linguistically diverse, speaking languages from four unrelated language families: the Acoma, Cochiti, Laguna, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Santo Domingo, and Zia Pueblos speak Keresan languages; the Isleta, Jemez, Nambe, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara, Taos, Tesuque, and Tigua/Ysleta del Sur Pueblos speak Kiowa-Tanoan languages; the Zuni speak their own language which is not known to be related to any other; and the Hopi, furthest west, speak a Uto-Aztecan language distantly related to Nahuatl.
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