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Palaihnihan (also Palaihnih or Palaiks) is a term used primarily by anthropologists and linguists
to refer to the Pit River tribes of Northern California (the Achumawi and Atsegewi) and their languages.
The word "palaihnihan" does not have any meaning in the Achumawi or Atsugewi languages, and
is probably derived from the Klamath word for their neighbors, P'laikni, which means "highlanders."
The Palaihnihan languages are considered by some linguists to be a subset of the Hokan language family.
Here are links to our webpages about the Palaihnihan languages and cultures:
Northern California tribes
Here are links to online resources about the Palaihnihan languages:
Endangered Languages: Palaihnihan
World Atlas of Language Structures: Palaihnihan
Books about the Palaihnihan Indians
Here are a few good books about the Palaihnihan tribes:
Annikadel: The History of the Universe as Told by the Achumawi Indians
The Morning The Sun Went Down
Surviving Through the Days
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