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Otoe Language Program
Jiwere-Nutachi ihach’e hagunda ke.
I want to speak Otoe-Missouria.
The Otoe-Missouria language is a Siouan language spoken by the Otoes, Missourias, and Ioways. It is closely related to the Ho-chunk (Winnebago) language, and is more distantly related to the Dhegiha languages (Ponca, Omaha, Osage, Quapaw, Kaw).
The Language Department is dedicated to revitalizing the Otoe-Missouria language by developing various kinds of language materials and activities such as lessons, classes, games, and more. The information presented here is intended to get individuals started with the language with further study being heavily encouraged.
The language portion of this site is broken down into categories such as lessons, multimedia (videos and audio files), games, and downloadable sources. New content will be added to these categories as they are developed so check back often.
Learning a new language is a long and difficult process. There is no “quick fix” that will turn you into a fluent speaker overnight. Learning a language takes time and effort. The trick is to keep studying and keep practicing. The only way for the Otoe-Missouria language to become used in everyday life once more is for tribal members to take the initiative to learn and use it.
Sky Campbell, Curriculum Materials Developer
580-723-4466 ext 111