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Luseño (Cham'teela)

Luseño is an Uto-Aztecan language spoken in southern California by 5 people. The name Luseño comes from the Mission of San Luis Rey de Francia.

Efforts are being made to revive the language. Classes in Luseño for children are run on the Pechanga Indian Reservation in Riverside County in California. It is also possible to study the language at the University of California, San Bernardino.

The first orthography for Luseño was developed by Pablo Tac (1822-1841) and was based on Spanish. Since then a number of other orthographies have been developed.

Recordings of Luseño native speakers were made in the 1930s by John Peabody Harrington (1884-1961), a linguist and ethnologist who specialized in the native languages of California. They are available online from the Smithsonian Institution.

Luseño alphabet and pronunciation

Luseño alphabet and alphabet

Sample text (Lord's Prayer)

Cham-na’ tuupaña aaukat cham-cha oi ohó’vanma. Toshño om chaami. Loví’i om hish mimchapun ivá’ ooxñ tuupaña axáninuk. Ovi om chaamik cham-naachaxoni choun teméti. Maaxaxan-up om chaamik hish aláxwichi chaam-lo’xai ivianáninuk chaam-cha maaxaxma pomóomi chaami hish pom-lo’xai aláxwichi. Tuusho kamíí’i chaami chaam-lo’xai hish hichakati. Kwavcho om chaami.


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Uto-Aztecan languages

Comanche, Hopi, Luseño, O'odham, Nahuatl, Northern Paiute, Pipil, Shoshone, Tarahumara, Tepehuán, Timbisha, Tongva, Yaqui

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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