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Pueblo Indian Languages

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.



Our Pueblo Language Resources

The six Pueblo Indian languages are:

The Hopi language

The Keres language

The Tewa language

The Tiwa language

The Towa/Jemez language

The Zuņi language

Pueblo Language Links

Pueblo Languages
     Overview of the Pueblo languages from the Encyclopedia of North American Indians.
Pueblo Placenames:
     Southwestern place names in Tewa, Tiwa, Jemez, Keres, and Zuni.
Keresan Pueblo Indian Sign Language:
     Paper on a signed language of the Keres Indian pueblos.
Pueblo Languages:
     Encyclopedia articles about the Pueblo Indian languages.
  Pueblo Tribes:
Pueblo Indian books.



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