Kashaya (kʼahšaꞏya)

Kashaya is a Pomoan language spoken in California in the USA by 24 people in 2007. 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 Kashia or Southwestern Pomo.

Kashaya alphabet and pronunciation

This way of writing Kashaya was created by Robert Oswalt in 1961.

Kashaya alphabet and pronunciation


Download an alphabet chart for Kashaya (Excel)

Details of Kashaya pronunciation supplied by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text

maʔú ʔem ṭa duwení bakʰe ʔama· – ʔama· cʼóʔ dicʼi·duwanʔkʰe. duwi ʔdom mu ṭʼi ʔana· ʔacaʔ ṭʼéʔye. qali bakʰe ʔel min men ídom mu·kinʔ ca· tíʔkʰe nohpʰo cohto. mensʼin kumíʔdaʔ ʔama· dicʼi·duwa·duce·du baqʼo cícʼwacʼkʰe ʔacaʔ macé· min. mensʼiba mu·kito mul ṭʼi ʔana· ṭʼeʔye ʔi·li mu·kinʔ ṭʼi ʔána· wací·du ʔi· mul tiʔkʰe nóhpʰo tol baṭʰe· nóhpʰo cohto ʔi· mu duwi ʔem.



This is something from ancient times – I am going to tell about the creation. Coyote was the smartest of all. He presided just like a heavenly being with his people. And he always used to tell them what to do, as if he were guarding the people. Because he was the smartest of all, he was the leader of his people. Coyote lived with a big group of people.

Source: https://www.ling.upenn.edu/~gene/Kashaya/KashayaTexts-Interlinear.htm#1

Sample video in Kashaya


Information about the Kashaya language

Pomoan languages

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

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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