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Wailaki Language (Sinkyone, Lassik, Nongatl, Eel River Athabaskan)

Wailaki is an Athabascan language of California. Though the Wailaki people are culturally most closely associated with the Wintu, their language was most similar to Hupa. Unfortunately there are no native speakers of Wailaki any longer, though Wailaki people still live together with Yuki, Cahto, and Maidu Indians on the Round Valley Rancheria. Three other California Athabaskan languages, Sinkyone, Lassik, and Nongatl, are usually considered dialects of Wailaki; Kato is thought by some linguists to have been a dialect of the same language, by others a closely related but distinct language of its own. Unfortunately the point is moot, as none of these languages is still spoken today.

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Wailaki Language
Wailaki language samples and resources.

Eel River Athabaskan Culture and History
Information and links about the Eel River Indian tribes past and present.

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

Wailaki Legends
Introduction to Wailaki mythology.

Wailaki Language Resources

Our Online Wailaki Materials

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

Wailaki Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Wailaki Language Homepage
     Wailaki alphabet, band names, and place names.
Athapaskan Placenames of California:
     Chart of place names in Hupa, Kato, and Wailaki-Sinkyone.
     Demographic information about Wailaki from the Ethnologue of Languages.
*Survey of California Indian Languages: Eel River Athabaskan:
    Profile of the Eel River Athabaskan languages from the University of California at Berkeley.
Wailaki Language Tree * Eel River Language Tree * Nongatl Language Tree * Lassik Language Tree:
    Theories about Wailaki's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Wailaki Bibliography * Lassik Bibliography * Sinkyone Bibliography
     Bibliographies of materials on the Wailaki/Lassik/Sinkyone language.
*California Athapascan Vocabulary:
    Early 20th-century wordlists of Kato and Wailaki.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Lengua Wailaki-Sinkyone:
Information on the Wailaki language in Spanish.
Wailaki links.
Wailaki Tribe:
Wailaki Indian books.

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