Yokuts Indian Language (Yokut, Yokutsan, Tachi, Chukchansi)
The Yokutsan languages are considered by most linguists to be part of the Penutian family
of languages, possibly related most closely to Miwok.
There were once between twenty and thirty Yokutsan languages spoken throughout the San Joaquin area
of Southern California. Language loss in California has been especially severe, however--the legacy of the Gold Rush days, in which massacres
and Indian slavery, while technically illegal, were not actively discouraged--and today only three Yokuts languages are still spoken, by only a handful
of elders apiece. The three surviving Yokuts languages are generally called Southern Valley Yokuts (with two surviving dialects, Yawelmani/Yowlumni and
Tachi); Northern Valley Yokuts (Chukchansi); and Foothill Yokuts (Choinimni.) Although the Yokuts languages are seriously endangered, there are language
programs in the Tachi and Chukchansi tribes, and some young Yokuts people are working to keep their ancestral tongue alive.
Yokuts Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
Collection of Yokuts-language legends and stories for sale online.
Yowlumni Yokuts linguistics book for sale.
In My Own Words
Fascinating collection of legends, oral history, songs, and anecdotes from a Yokuts elder, printed both in English and glossed Yokuts.