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Huichol Indian Language
Huichol is a Uto-Aztecan language of central Mexico,
spoken by about 20,000 people in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit. Huichol is a musical language with
complex morphology (particularly in its long, agglutinative verbs.)
Names: The name Huichol comes from the Nahuatl word for the tribe; their name for
themselves in their own language is Wixáritari, and their language is called Wixárika.
Although some Wixaritari people today dislike the term "Huichol," most of them now use it to refer
to themselves, especially in Spanish. Other names the Huichols are sometimes known by include
Vaniuki, Guisar, and Tecual. Other common spellings of these names include Huichola, Huichole,
Huicholas, Wichol, Guichol, Huitzol, Wixaritari, Vixaritari, Vizaritari, Wixarika, Wixarica, Vixarika, Wixarrika, Wirrarika,
Vaniuqui, Vixaritari Vaniuqui, and Vizaritari Vaniuki.
Huichol language samples and resources.
Huichol Tribe Culture and History
Information and links about the Huichol Indians past and present.
Our Online Language Materials
List of vocabulary words in the Huichol language, with comparison to words in other Uto-Aztecan languages.
Huichol Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Huichol words.
Huichol Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Huichol language.
Huichol Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Huichol language.
Huichol Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
Language of the Huicholes Huichol Phonology Huichol Grammar Huichol Bible Translation:
Scanned-in Huichol language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Overview of the Huichol language including pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. Page in Spanish.
Archive of Huichol language recordings available for download.
Huichol translation of the Lord's Prayer.
Mexican Indian Placenames:
Chart of Mexican place names in Huichol, Tepehuan, and Purepecha.
Mexican Language Map
Map showing the location of indigenous language speakers in Mexico, including Huichol.
Demographic information about the Huichol language from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Wichol Language Tree:
Theories about Huichol's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Huichol Language Structures:
Huichol linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Additional Resources, Links, and References
Encyclopedia articles on the Huichol language.
Cultura e idioma de los huicholes Lengua Huichola Diccionario huichol:
Information about the Huichol language in Spanish.
Huichol Indian books.
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