Hotcąk

The Hotcąk or Winnebago alphabet was adapted from the Fox syllabary, which was invented in the 1870s. It is used to write Hotcąk, which is also known as Winnebago, Hocak Wazijaci, Hochank and Hochunk. Hotcąk is a Siouan language with about 1,000 speakers in the US states of Wisconsin, Illinois and Nebraska. The Hotcąk speakers call themselves Hotcągara. Speakers of this language in Nebraska call themselves Winnebago and are recognised as a separate tribe.

The Hotcąk alphabet

The first row of Latin letters are those used by the Hocąk Wazijaci Haci Language and Culture Program, those in the second row are used by Paul Radin.

Hotcąk alphabet

Latin alphabet for Hotcąk (Hocąk Wowagaz)

This alphabet was adopted as the official writing system of the Ho-Chunk Nation in July 1994

Latin alphabet for Hotcąk

Source: http://www.hocak.info

Sample text in Hotcąk

  1. Egi deshesge gikarajra wawiaje: Hianjniwira wangregi shanagre rash hashinira wakanjank-ningigirekjena.
  2. Hungma hashinira hiraijikjawina, woshga hashinira manegi uinekjena wangregi jasge hinankhi shesge manegi hirekjena.
  3. Hamb de-e waisgabduj harniwira hunkuwianje ningikarajwina.
  4. Egi washa woishana warniwira waigit´unawire, washa hingishana warniwira wagit´untawira shesge.
  5. Egi inke washa woishana uwahieja hunutiwinina, eshi wowonkjega eja hingijirawige khishibwiwine. Hungmara Ne-hashinigaja egi homashjara Ne-hashinigaja, egi hoishagra Ne-hashinigaja manegusra, Amen.

Source: http://www.christusrex.org/www1/pater/JPN-hocak.html

Tower of Babel in Winnebago

Links

The Encyclopedia of Hotcąk Mythology - information about the Hotcąk people and language: http://hotcakencyclopedia.com

Websites of the Ho-chunk (Hotcąk) Nation
http://www.ho-chunk.com
http://www.ho-chunknation.com

Hocak Worak - Newsletter of the Ho-Chunk Nation (in English)
http://www.hocakworak.com

Hotchank hit'é - The Winnebago language
http://hotcakencyclopedia.com/ho.GatschetHotchankHit'e.html

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
http://www.winnebagotribe.com

Siouan languages

Crow, Dakota, Lakota, Osage, Winnebago


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