On this page we'll introduce YOU to various Native American Languages and highlight important areas on those
languages... Here is an example:
phonetically, while others are written as found in
Lakota books. Also, others may speak or spell a word differently; that is just fine. After all, we are all learning together!
Haw (how) = Hello
Haw Kola (how kola) = Hello male friend
Haw Mushkay (how moosh kay) = Hello female friend
Traditionally, in keeping with proper etiquette,
the female waited for the male to say "haw" first.
Note: wa glay kshoun (turkey) na (and) taspan openmipi wag moo zee (pumpkin
Phoenetic spelling: Oh makah txay ja = New Year!
Written spelling at a guess: Omaka ta ja
Written spelling may be: te hu wan ci yun ke sni.
Phonetic spelling: ee nah zhee (yea) or (yo)
Male speaking to one person = He you woe.
speaking to two or more = He you poe.
Female speaking to one person = He you way.
speaking to two or more = He you pee.
Hunta yo = Get out of the way; something's coming (male).
Hunta yea = Get out of the way; something's coming (female).
Lay um pay tue keyn, Lakota (Nakota/Dakota) oh ya tay keyn, txa wa pay. =
This day belongs to the Lakota (Nakota/Dakota) people.
Doka hwo? = What's up? (Note: Very informal greeting; hwo is an elder male ending, so only use if
you want to be considered an elder male!)
Hunta yea/yo = Get out of the way. (yea = female ending; yo = male ending)
Tiyospaye (tee-osh-pa-yea) = Extended family
Tiwahe (tee-wa-hey) = Immediate family
Ospaye (ohsh-pa-yea) = Tribe family (Sicangu Lakota, Oglala Lakota, etc.)
Oyate (oh-ya-tay) = Entire nation (Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Oyate)
AZTECAN ( NAHUAT'L )
( JUST A FEW WORDS OF THE AZTEC LANGUAGE )
1. Nexhuitzilin- colibrí gris (grey hummingbird)
2. Quetzalhuitzilin- colibrí verde (green hummingbird)
Kokotzin- gavilán (sparrow hawk)
4. Zollin- codorniz (quail)
5. Kakalotl- cuervo (raven/crow)
6. Chikuauhtli- lechuza
7. Tizapapalotl- mariposa blanca (white butterfly)
8. Kuauhtli- águila (eagle)
9. Huexolotl- guajolote
10. Tekolotl- tecolote (great horned owl)
11. Alotl- guacamaya (macaw)
12. Ketzaltototl- pájaro quetzal
13. Cochotl/toznene- loro/papagayo (parrot)