Kawaiisu is a member of the Southern Numic division of the Uto-Aztecan language family. It was traditionally spoken in the Tehachapi and Piute mountains in the southern Sierra Nevada in California. It is currently spoken in the Tehachapi area of Kern County in southern California in the USA. In 2018 there are just three native speakers of Kawaiisu.
The Kawaiisu people call themselves Nüwa or Nuwa ("the people").
Efforts to document and revive the language started in 2002, and since 2012 the Kawaiisu Language and Cultural Center has offered classes in Kawaiisu, as well as language learning materials.
Shi'id papel meeneeka, wagüt hagaan ime. Shi'id iva'an, iva'an kaama'a, eviapich eepizh, puguz. Otsüz, kapaan otsüz karineen wogüta. Iva'an naro'o hinigeeneen. Iva'an wahai ventana, iva'an müüze.
This paper says, frog where are you. This here, here is a bed, a little boy, a god, a jar, inside the jar sits a frog. Here he has a shirt. Here are two windows, here, the moon.
Information about the Kawaiisu language
Comanche, Cora, Hopi, Huarijio, Huichol, Ivilyuat / Cahuilla, Kawaiisu, Luiseño, Mayo, Mono, O'odham, Nahuatl, Northern Paiute, Pipil, Serrano, Shoshone, Southern Paiute, Tarahumara, Tepehuán (Northern), Tepehuán (Southeastern), Tepehuán (Southwestern), Timbisha, Tongva, Yaqui
Page last modified: 23.04.21
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