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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
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
Overview of the Pueblo languages from the Encyclopedia of North American Indians.
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.
Encyclopedia articles about the Pueblo Indian languages.
Pueblo Indian books.
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