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Wintu Indian Language (Wintun, Patwin)

Wintu is a Penutian language of California. Originally there were at least two other dialects of this language, known as Nomlaki (or Nomalaki) and Patwin, but today only the Wintu dialect is still spoken, and by only a few elders. Although the Wintu language is severely endangered, some young Wintu people are working to learn their ancestral tongue again.

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Wintu Language
Wintu language samples and resources.

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

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

Wintu Legends
Introduction to Wintu mythology.

Wintu Language Resources

Our Online Wintu Materials

Wintu Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Nomlaki, Patwin, and Wintu languages, with comparison to words in other Penutian languages.
Wintu Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Wintu language.

Wintu Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Linguistic Families of Northern California * Pre-Contact California Tribal Territories:
    Maps showing where in California the Wintu language is spoken.
The Wintu Language Project
     Language program of the Winnemem Wintu tribe, dedicated to the revival of their endangered language.
Wintu Language * Wintu Phonology * Wintu Orthography * Wintu Grammar * Wintu Indian Legend:
    Scanned-in Wintu language materials from the Rosetta Project.
California Indian Placenames:
     California place names in Wintu, Pomo, and Karuk.
House of Languages: Wintu * Nomlaki * Patwin:
    Information about Wintu language usage.
Ethnologue: Wintu:
    Demographic information about the Wintu language.
Nomlaki * Patwin * Wintu:
    Profiles of the Wintu languages from the Berkeley Survey of California Indian Languages.
Wintu Language Tree * Nomlaki Language Tree * Patwin Language Tree:
    Theories about Wintu's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Wintu Language Structures * Patwin Language Structures:
    Wintu linguistic profiles and academic bibliographies.
*Wintun Vocabulary:
    Early 20th-century wordlists of Wintun and Patwin.

Wintu Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
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Wintu Dictionary
     Comprehensive Wintu-English dictionary for sale online.
Wintu Grammar
     Wintu linguistics book for sale.
In My Own Words
     Fascinating collection of legends, oral history, songs, and anecdotes from a Wintu elder, printed both in English and glossed Wintu.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Wikipedia: Wintu:
Encyclopedia articles on the Wintu language.
Lengua Wintuan:
Information on the Wintu languages in Spanish.
Wintu links.
Wintu Tribe:
Wintu Indian books.

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