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Mescalero-Chiricahua (Ndee bizaa)

Mescalero-Chiricahua is a Southern Athabaskan language spoken in parts of Oklahoma and New Mexico in the USA by about 1,500 people. It is related to Western Apache and Navajo.

There are two main Mescalero-Chiricahua dialects: Mescalero dialect, which is spoken in western Texas, and New Mexico in the USA, and in northern Chihuahua and northern Coahuila in Mexico; and Chiricahua dialect, which is spoken in parts of Arizona and New Mexico in the USA, and in northern parts of Sonora and Chihuahua in Mexico.

Mescalero-Chiricahua was documented by Harry Hoijer, an anthropological linguist, who published a grammatical description of the language, and also some religious and secular stories.

Mescalero-Chiricahua alphabet and pronunciation

Mescalero-Chiricahua pronunciation

Download a chart of the Mescalero-Chiricahua alphabet (PDF in German)

Information about the Mescalero-Chiricahua alphabet and pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text

Íłtséshíͅ Bik'ehgo'iindáń gólíͅná'a.
Dájík'eh bédaagojísiͅ.
`Ákoo Isdzánádleeshé `iłdóͅ gólíͅná'a.
Bik'éshíͅgo Tóbájiishchinéń gooslíͅná'a.
Naaghéé'neesgháné `iłdóͅ gooslíͅná'a.

At the beginning the Creator existed.
Everyone knows about him.
And White Painted Woman also existed.
Afterwards Child of the Water was born.
Killer of Enemies also was born.

Source: http://xtf.lib.virginia.edu/xtf/view?docId=Apache/uvaGenText/tei/Chi01.xml

Links

Information about the Mescalero-Chiricahua language and people
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mescalero-Chiricahua_language
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiricahua_(Sprache)
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/apm
http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/lang/apm

Chiricahua and Mescalero Apache Texts
http://search.lib.virginia.edu/

Na-Dené languages

Apache, Babine-Witsuwit'en, Beaver, Chilcotin, Chipewyan, Deg Xinag, Eyak, Gwich'in, Hän, Hupa, Jicarilla, Koya, Koyukon, Mescalero-Chiricahua, Navajo, Sarcee, Sekani, Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib), Tutchone

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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