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Gabrielino Language (Kizh, Tongva)
Language: Gabrielino was a Uto-Aztecan
language of Southern California closely related to Serrano.
Language loss has been especially
severe in California, where enslavement and violence against Indian peoples were not actively discouraged, and the
Gabrielino language has not been spoken since the 1940's, although some younger people hope to revive its use.
Names: "Gabrielino" and "Gabrieleño" are the old Spanish names for the tribe, deriving from the
Spanish placename San Gabriel Arcángel. "Tongva" was probably a Native placename or village name in the
same vicinity. The people's endonym (the name they originally called themselves)
may have been Kizh, a word in their own language meaning "home."
Gabrielino language samples and resources.
Gabrielino Tribe Culture and History
Information and links about the Gabrieleño Indians past and present.
Gabrielino Indians Fact Sheet
Our answers to common questions about the Gabrielinos.
Introduction to Gabrielino mythology.
Our Online Gabrielino Language Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in the Gabrielino/Tongva language, with comparison to words in other Uto-Aztecan languages.
Gabrielino Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Gabrielino/Tongva words.
Gabrielino Animal Words:
Picture glossary of animal words in the Gabrielino language.
Gabrielino Body Part Lesson:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Gabrielino.
Worksheet showing color words in Gabrielino.
Worksheet showing how to count in the Gabrielino language.
Gabrielino Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
Tovanger: A Gabrielino Word Book
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Small Gabrielino/Tongva dictionary for sale online.
Gabrielino and other Native American dictionaries and language materials for sale.
Survey of California Indian Languages: Gabrielino:
Profile of the Gabrieleño language from the University of California at Berkeley.
Gabrieliño Language Tree:
Theories about Gabrelino's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Encyclopedia articles on the Gabrieleno/Tongva language.
Information on the Tongva language in Spanish.
Gabrielino Indian books.
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