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Vowel systems also vary considerably. Quite a few American Indian languageshave nasalized vowels. Nasalization is represented by a tilde symbol inChickasaw, for example. The use of pitch accent or tonal systems (as inChinese) to differentiate words is more common in the Americas than theuse of contrastive stress like that found, for example, in English import,pronounced im-port' as a verb and im'-port as a noun.

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Often Indian groups come to be known by a foreign term, such as theEnglish names Dogrib and Yellowknife for Athabascan tribes in the Northwestor the naming of most Coastal California languages for the nearest Spanishmission (Luiseno was the Uto-Aztecan language spoken around Mission SanLuis Rey, for example, and the Chumash language Obispeno was named forMission San Luis Obispo). Some other designations, occasionally derogatory,originated with other Indians--the name Comanche, for example, is fromSouthern Paiute kimantsi, "stranger." Both languages are Uto-Aztecan.


The Native American origins and meanings of the names of US states.

Native American kids have real-life hopes and real-life problems, just like other kids do.

While most languages have accusative case systems like that of English(opposing grammatical categories of subject and object), active systemsin which the same morpheme is used to indicate the object of a transitiveverb and the subject of a stative verb are not uncommon. For example, theprefix ma-, "me" in the Lakota example just presented means "I"in a sentence like ma-s'amna, "I stink. "


: Facts about Native Americans in different tribes and regions.




The Anishinabe are one of the largest native groups in North America and have played and important role
in both American and Canadian history.

: Thorough textbook on Native American Indian history.

Names for Native American Indian languages can be confusing. Some namesare chosen politically rather than linguistically: for instance, Creekand Seminole are mutually intelligible Muskogean languages but are traditionallytreated as separate because the tribes who use them are different. ManyNative American Indian tribes use the word for "people" as themeaning of their nation.

:Pictures of flags used by Native American Indian tribes.

Hopefully if you are looking for a language we have not finished work on yet, these sites can provide a starting point for your search.

:News, papers and columns about Native American language education
:Indian language news, articles, and links
:Organization working on American Indian language preservation programs
:Article by a Hopi writer on the languages of native North America
:Laura's essay on maintaining and reviving Native American languages
:Linguistic overview of the Amerindian language families, with language maps
:Demographic information on American Indian and other language families
:US Census information about Native American language use
:Linguistic maps of American Indian language use in the US
:Linguistic maps of Native Canadian language use
:Information about the Native American languages of Mexico
:Information on Central American Indian languages
:Site for children about indigenous Canadian languages
:Glossary of numerals in dozens of Native American languages
:Courses of learning for American Indian languages
:Indexed resources on American Indian languages and cultures
:Links on various American Indian languages
:Links on various American Indian languages
:Links on various American Indian languages
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:Links on various American Indian languages
:Links on various American Indian languages
:Links on various American Indian languages
:Links on various American Indian languages
:Links on various American Indian languages
:Links on various American Indian languages
:Links on the Native American languages of Central and South America
:Links on various Native American languages and cultures
:Papers and articles on Native American languages
:Demographics and links about Native American languages






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:Native American website of native myths and legends.




Relatives of the Navajos, the Apache Indians are best-known for their fierce military resistance against
the Mexicans and Americans, under the leadership of warriors like Geronimo and Cochise.