Kashaya (Kʼahšá:ya)

Kashaya is a Pomoan language spoken in California in the USA by 45 people in 1994. Kashaya speakers are part of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, and live on the Stewarts Point Rancheria in Sonoma County. The name Kashaya means "skillful" and "expert gambler" in neighbouring languages. The language is also known as Southwestern Pomo.

Kashaya alphabet and pronunciation

This alphabet was created by Robert Oswalt in 1961.

Kashaya alphabet and pronunciation


l, r, rʰ and rʼ are only used in loanwords.

Source: https://archive.org/details/rosettaproject_kju_phon-1

Sample text

ʔama: qʰaʔa:dú-ʔli, cohtoʔ.


After morning had come, she left.

Details of Kashaya pronunciation and sample text supplied by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample video in Kashaya


Information about the Kashaya language

Informationan about Stewarts Point Rancheria

Pomoan languages

Central Pomo, Eastern Pomo, Kashaya, Northern Pomo, Southeastern Pomo, Southern Pomo

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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