"To deny a group of people their own language is to deny them their own culture."
Joseph Marshall III
in Voices in the Wind,
On Behalf of the Wolf and the First Peoples
Red Crane Books.

"Every time a language dies, we lose thousands of unique insights, metaphors, and other acts of genius."
Steven Pinker in The Language Instinct

The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas: SSILA
Native American Language Center, UC Davis
The Less Commonly Taught Languages Project,
Center on Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
Endangered Language Fund
Resources for Endangered Languages
Indigenous Language Institute
Bilingual Education Policy and the Empowerment of American Indian Communities
by Teresa L. McCarty
The Journal of Educational Issues of Language Minority Students, v14 p. 23-42, Winter 1994.
Glyph Dwellers from the Maya Hieroglyphic Database Project
Mayan Epigraphic Database Project
Transitions A film by Darrell Kipp and Joe Fisher
This film by Blackfeet producers explores the relationship between language, thought, and culture, and examines the impact of languages loss in Native American communities. The film chronicles the disappearance of the Blackfeet tribal language during the period of 1890-1990, with an analysis of why the mother tongue was destroyed.
Yamada Language Center at the University of Oregon

Books concerning Language and Culture

Language, History, and Identity: Ethnolinguistic Studies of the Arizona Tewa, Paul V. Kroskrity, Univ. Arizona Pr.
American Indian Languages: Cultural and Social Contexts, Shirley Silver, Wick R. Miller, Univ. Arizona Pr.
Flutes of Fire: The Indian Languages of California, Leanne Hinton, HeyDay Books.
Sacred Language: The Nature of Supernatural Discourse in Lakota, William K. Powers, Univ. Okla. Pr.
Native American Verbal Art: Texts and Contexts, William M. Clements, Univ. Arizona Pr.
Western Apache Language and Culture : Essays in Linguistic Anthropology, Keith H. Basso, Univ. Arizona Pr.0
The archive of language books on the Native American Resources website.
The entire archive of recommended books on the Native American Resources website.
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