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Wailaki Language (Sinkyone, Lassik, Nongatl, Eel River Athabaskan)
Wailaki is an Athabascan language of California.
Though the Wailaki people are culturally most closely associated with the
Wintu, their language was most similar to
Unfortunately there are no native speakers of Wailaki any longer, though Wailaki people still live together with Yuki,
Cahto, and Maidu Indians
on the Round Valley Rancheria.
Three other California Athabaskan languages,
and Nongatl, are usually considered dialects of Wailaki;
Kato is thought by some linguists to have been a dialect of
the same language, by others a closely related but distinct language of its own. Unfortunately the point is moot, as none of
these languages is still spoken today.
Wailaki language samples and resources.
Eel River Athabaskan Culture and History
Information and links about the Eel River Indian tribes past and present.
Wailaki Indians Fact Sheet
Our answers to common questions about the lifestyle of Wailaki Indian people.
Introduction to Wailaki mythology.
Our Online Wailaki Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in the Wailaki language, with comparison to words in other Athabaskan languages.
Wailaki Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Wailaki language.
Wailaki Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
Wailaki Language Homepage
Wailaki alphabet, band names, and place names.
Athapaskan Placenames of California:
Chart of place names in Hupa, Kato, and Wailaki-Sinkyone.
Demographic information about Wailaki from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Survey of California Indian Languages: Eel River Athabaskan:
Profile of the Eel River Athabaskan languages from the University of California at Berkeley.
Wailaki Language Tree Eel River Language Tree Nongatl Language Tree Lassik Language Tree:
Theories about Wailaki's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Wailaki Bibliography Lassik Bibliography Sinkyone Bibliography
Bibliographies of materials on the Wailaki/Lassik/Sinkyone language.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Information on the Wailaki language in Spanish.
Wailaki Indian books.
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