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Hopi (Hopilàvayi)

Hopi is an Uto-Aztecan language spoken in northeastern Arizona in the USA. According to the 2010 census there are 6,780 Hopi speakers. The language is still being passed on to children, and about three quarters of the Hopi people speak Hopi as a native language.

There are four main varieties of Hopi: First Mesa or Polacca; Mishongnovi or Toreva (Musangnuve'e Hopilàvayi); Shipaulovi or Sipaulovi, and Third Mesa or Oraibi (Orayvit Hopilàvayi). They were identified by Benjamin Whorf, who was the first to analyse the Hopi language and who focused on the Mishongnovi variety.

There is a Hopi-English dictionary edited by Emory Sekaquaptewa, and the language is promoted by the Hopi Literacy Project. There are also bi-lingual education programs in Hopi in Arizona.

Hopi has an interesting way of expressing concepts of time and space: for something that happens a long way from a speaker is described as having happened in the distant past.

Hopi pronuncation

Hopi pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Hopi (Excel)

Oraibi Hopi alphabet and pronunciation

Oraibi Hopi alphabet and pronunciation

Toreva Hopi alphabet and pronunciation

Tereva Hopi  alphabet and pronunciation

Download script charts for Hopi: Excel, Toreva (PDF), Oraibi (PDF)

Details of Hopi alphabets provided by Wolfram Siegel

Hopi numbers

Source: http://www.native-languages.org/hopi_numbers.htm

More Hopi numbers
http://www.languagesandnumbers.com/how-to-count-in-hopi/en/hop/

Lord's Prayer in Hopi
http://www.christusrex.com/www1/pater/JPN-hopi.html

Sample videos in and about Hopi

Information about Hopi | Numbers

Links

Information about the Hopi language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopi_language
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/hop/20
http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~jar/Hopi.html
http://www.native-languages.org/hopi.htm

Hopi Elder Radford Quamahongnewa speaking about the Hopi Way
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2aikgtskX0 (in Hopi)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK5sP7d7cd8 (in English)

KUYI Hopi Radio
http://www.kuyi.net

The Hopi Tribe - official website
http://www.hopi-nsn.gov/

The Hopi Foundation (Lomasumi'nangwtukwsiwmani)
http://www.hopifoundation.org

Hopi Cultural Preservation Office
http://www8.nau.edu/~hcpo-p/

Mesa Media - Hopilavayi pavan öqawi'yta / Keeping Hopi language vibrant
http://www.mesamedia.org

Uto-Aztecan languages

Comanche, Cora, Hopi, Huarijio, Huichol, Ivilyuat / Cahuilla, Kawaiisu, Luiseño, Mayo, Mono, O'odham, Nahuatl, Northern Paiute, Pipil, Serrano, Shoshone, Tarahumara, Tepehuán, Timbisha, Tongva, Yaqui

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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