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Shasta Indian Language

Shasta was a native language spoken until recently in Northern California. Some linguists consider it part of the larger Hokan language family. Though the last fluent speakers have passed on, there remain several Shasta elders who remember some of their people's language, and some young people are working to revive the Shasta language again.

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Shasta Language
Shasta language samples and resources.

Shasta Culture and History
Information and links about the Shasta tribe past and present.

Shasta Indians Fact Sheet
Our answers to common questions about the lifestyle of Shasta Indian people.

Shasta Legends
Introduction to Shasta mythology.

Shasta Language Resources

Our Online Shasta Materials

Shasta Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Shasta language, with comparison to words in other Hokan languages.
Shasta Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Shasta language.

Shasta Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Shasta Lands
     Map of tribal territories labeled with traditional Shasta place names.
Linguistic Families of Northern California * Pre-Contact California Tribal Territories:
    Maps showing where in California the Shasta language is spoken.
Shasta Language
     Encyclopedia entry about Shasta including a phonetic inventory.
Shasta Language
     Demographic information about Shasta from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Konomihu * New River Shasta * Okwanuchu * Shasta:
    Profiles of the Shasta languages from the Berkeley Survey of California Indian Languages.
Shastan Language Tree * Konomihu Language Tree * New River Language Tree * Okwanuchu Language Tree:
    Theories about Abenaki's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Shasta Language Structures:
    Shasta linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
*Hokan Comparative Vocabulary:
    Early 20th-century wordlists of Shasta, Achomawi and Karok.

Shasta Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
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A Shasta Vocabulary
     Shasta dictionary (out of print).
Coyote Fights the Sun: A Shasta Indian Tale * Shasta Indian Tales
     Books of Shasta stories and legends for sale.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Lengua Shastan:
Information on the Shasta language in Spanish.
Shasta links.
Shasta Tribe:
Shasta Indian books.

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