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Makah Indian Language

Makah is a Wakashan language of the Northwest Coast. The last fully fluent Makah speaker died in 2002, but there are still some elders in Washington State who remember something of the language today, and some young Makah people are working to keep their ancestral language alive.

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Makah Language
Makah language samples and resources.

Makah Nation Culture and History
Information and links about the Makah tribe past and present.

Makah Indians Fact Sheet
Our answers to common questions about the Makahs.

Makah Legends
Introduction to Makah mythology.

Makah Language Resources

Our Online Makah Language Materials

Makah Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Makah language, with comparison to words in other Wakashan languages.
Makah Animal Words:
    Illustrated glossary of animal words in Makah.

Makah Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
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First Lessons in Makah:
    Makah language-learning workbook for sale online.
Native American Indian Dictionaries:
    Makah and other American Indian dictionaries and language materials for sale.

Makah Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Makah Language
     Article on the Makah Indian language and efforts to revive its use
Makah Indian Language
     Makah language information from the Rosetta Project, including language family relationships and demographic information.
Pacific Northwest Language Domains:
     Language map of Makah and other Northwest Coast languages of Washington, Oregon and California.
Ethnologue: Makah:
    Demographic information about the Makah language.
Makah Language Tree:
    Theories about Makah's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Makah Language Structures:
    Makah linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
*Nootkan Comparative Vocabulary:
    Early 20th-century wordlists of the Makah and Clayoquot Nootka languages.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Makah Language:
Encylopedia articles on the Makah Indian language.
Lengua Makah:
Information about the Makah language in Spanish.
Makahs * The Makah Indians:
Makah links.
Makah Tribe:
Makah Indian books.

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