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Ona Indian Language (Selknam)
Ona is a Chon
language of Argentina.
It is most closely related to the Tehuelche language.
Ona is a seriously endangered language, still spoken today by only a handful of elders on Tierra del Fuego.
Some linguists consider Ona and Selknam to have been distinct languages while others consider them dialects of
a single language, but with so few speakers surviving, the point is nearly moot.
Our list of vocabulary words in the Ona language, with comparison to words in Tehuelche.
Ona Indian Language Ona Phonology Ona Grammar:
Scanned-in Ona language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Archive of Ona language recordings available for download.
La Lengua Ona:
Information on Ona including history, vocabulary, an audio file, and a linguistic map of South America. Page in Spanish.
Ona translation of the Lord's Prayer and other Christian prayers.
House of Languages: Selknam:
Information about Selknam language usage.
Demographic information on Ona from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Wikipedia entry on the Ona language.
Ona Language Tree:
Theories about Ona's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Selknam Language Structures:
Selk'nam linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
The Ona Culture:
History and photographs about the Ona Indians of Tierra del Fuego.
Books for sale on the Onas
Folk Literature of the Selknam Indians:
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Collection of Ona Indian folklore and traditional stories.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Encyclopedia articles about the Ona tribe.
Selknam Los Selknam (Onas) Los Ona:
Information about the Onas in Spanish.
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