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Tano/Tewa Indian Language
Tewa (also known as Tano) is one of three Kiowa-Tanoan languages spoken by the
Pueblo people of New Mexico.
Though these three languages are closely related, speakers of
one cannot fully understand speakers of another (similar to German and English speakers).
The six Tewa-speaking pueblos are Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara, and Tesuque.
As with Tiwa, Towa and Keres, there is some disagreement among the Tewa people as to whether Tewa should be a written language or not. Some Pueblo elders
feel that their languages should be preserved by oral traditions alone. However, many Tewa speakers have decided that Tewa literacy is important for passing the
language on to the children. The Tewa pueblos developed their own orthography (spelling system) for their language, San Juan Pueblo has published a dictionary
of Tewa, and today there are Tewa language programs teaching children to read and write in most of the Tewa-speaking pueblos.
Tewa language samples and resources.
Tewa Culture and History
Information and links about the Tewa tribe past and present.
Pueblo Culture and History
Information and links about the Pueblo Indians in general.
Introduction to Pueblo Indian mythology.
Our Online Tewa Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in the Tewa language (from San Juan Pueblo.)
Tewa Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
Saving the Tewa Stories
Article on Tewa language preservation programs.
Overview of Tewa and other Pueblo languages from the Encyclopedia of North American Indians.
Tewa translation of the Lord's Prayer.
Southwestern place names in Tewa, Tiwa, Jemez, Keres, and Zuni.
House of Languages: Tewa:
Information about Tewa language usage.
Demographic information about the Tewa language.
Tewa Language Tree Hano Language Tree:
Theories about Tewa's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Arizona Tewa Language Structures San Juan Tewa Language Structures: Rio Grande Tewa Language Structures:
Tewa linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Early 20th-century wordlists of San Ildefonso Tewa.
Tewa Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
San Juan Pueblo Tewa Dictionary
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The San Juan Pueblo Bilingual Program's dictionary of the Tewa language, for sale online.
Additional Resources, Links, and References
Information about the Tewa language in Spanish.
Tewa Indian books.
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