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Free Native American Lessons and Courses

Free Native American Lessons and Courses
We have gathered together here a number of free Native American language lessons and language courses for those learning Native American, along with some other Native American language resources, such as Native American online courses and exercises, podcasts, video lessons, alphabets, dictionaries, lexicons, verb conjugations, language communities, newspapers, articles, and books. Most of these sites will be in English, although a number are multilingual in nature.

Free Native American Lessons and Courses

  General Resources
Native Languages of the Americas: Preserving and Promoting American Indian Languages
Comprehensive listing of Native American languages and resources available for them.
  Abenaki
Welcome to the Abenaki Language
Vocabulary, grammar, and dialogs for Abenaki.
  Cherokee
Cherokee Language Lessons
With History of The Cherokee Language, Cherokee Syllabary, Animal Dictionary, and 6 Cherokee Lessons.
Cherokee Nation Cultural Resource Center Language Services
Lessons in Cherokee, plus links to language services available.
  Chinook
Chinook Jargon - The Hidden Language of the Pacific Northwest
Chinook Jargon is the most accessible of all the Native American languages. With a small utilitarian vocabulary and straightforward syntax, it was the lingua franca of the Northwest for most of the 1800s. One hundred thousand Native Americans, settlers and immigrants were using it in 1875.
  Cree
Cree Language
A number of PDF texts for learning Cree can be downloaded from this page, including A Cree Grammar; How To Say It In Cree; A Cree Phrase Book, and Cree Online Language Class.
How To Say It In Cree
PDF text of Cree course with quizzes and glossary.
  Dakota/Lakota
Lakota Videos
Videos of the Lakota language.
Lakota Interactive Textbooks
Online textbook for learning Lakota.
Lakota Language Forum
Online forum for Lakota.
Lessons in Dakota/Lakota
Video lessons in Dakota/Lakota and other resources.
Lakota Phonological Key
Descriptions of the Lakota sound system, and the spelling associated with it.
Lakota Phrase Archives
Assorted phrases in Lakota.
Wikipedia: Lakota Language
Wikipedia's entry on the Lakota language, with description of the sound system, grammar, words, phrases, and so on.
Dakota-Lakota Sioux Language
Resources for learning the Dakota/Lakota language...
Lakota Software
Free downloads of software for Lakota...
Lakota Language Resources
Resources for learning Lakota...
Lakota Dictionary
Online interactive dictionary of Lakota, along with a set of community resources and forum.
  Haida
Haida Language Homepage
This website is brought to you by the Sealaska Heritage Institute, and is dedicated to the study, preservation and revitalization of the Haida language.
  Halkomelem/Salish
Halkomelem/Salish 100
This web site contains materials that were used in conjunction with Linguistics 401, Salish I, in 1998. The language is a Coast Salish language known in the linguistic literature as Halkomelem. For speakers on Vancouver Island, it is Hul'q'umi'num', as written in these lessons.
  Michif
Michif Language Lessons
The Metis Culture & Heritage Resource Centre was incorporated in the fall of 1996 as a non- profit, charitable organization working towards the preservation and restoration of Metis history, culture, and Metis genealogy. Through these ten Michif Language Lessons the Metis Resource Centre will attempt to provide basic conversational language lessons for those who want to have an interactive experience of the spoken and written language. Due to the many regional and cultural dialects, this language is not "written in stone" although there is on-going work being done for the preservation of our Michif language.
  Mingo
West Virginia Mingo
This site is dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of Unyææshæoetka, the language of the West Virginia Mingo, and includes an alphabet, a Mingo dictionary, language lessons, grammar, texts, and other resources.
  Ojibwe
Ojibwe Language Lessons
"This website can help you learn the Ojibwe Language. A good way to use this site is to start at the Home Page of each Word Group, below, and work your way through all the links to the bottom of the page. There are plenty of printable word lists. You might want to print them out, study, and then use the website pages, but it is not necessary to print anything to use this site. "
  Oneida
Oneida Language Revitalization Program
Language lessons in Onedia and other resources.
  Quechua
Quechua Language Homepage
Lessons in the Andean language Quechua, and other resources.
Curso de Quechua
Course in Quechua, in Spanish.
Quechua Lesson Index
Vocabulary, grammar and dialogs for Quechua.

  Language Communities

Polyglot
Polyglot is a non-profit community dedicated to language exchange. Polyglot allows you to find the right person ready to exchange languages with you. You will search for penpals according to age, gender, location, hobbies, etc. Polyglot is fully customizable. You will choose your own icons, styles or post your own Polyglot translations, so that more people speaking your language can become a member.
Speak Any Language Online Community
Speak-Any-Language.com is a web-based, global community dedicated to making the world a smaller place through understanding of languages and cultures. Our Forums area gives each of our users the opportunity to communicate with each other. Our Chat area gives everyone the opportunity practice speaking in the languages of their choice. Best of all, the services on these pages are free.
UniLang Community
The main purpose of the UniLang Community is to provide an online site where people interested in languages can unite, openly discuss, and find resources related to language(s), linguistics and translations. We are an open non-profit organization, meaning that everything on our site is publicly accessible at no cost, and membership is also free and open for everybody. All data, unless otherwise stated, is licensed under an open licence, the UniLang Public License, as opposed to a restrictive copyright.

  Other Native American Resources

Multilingualbooks.com Native American Videos Page
Videos of Native American Hoop Dancing and other great video resources...
Native Languages of the Americas: Preserving and Promoting American Indian Languages
Comprehensive listing of Native American languages and resources available for them.
Native American Dictionaries Online
Comprehensive listing of Native American dictionaries, technical reference, grammars, and other language aids.