Tutelo Dictionary - Great Gift!
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#1 Oct 25, 2010
Free preview of first few pages! The Tutelo (Yesanechi) Etymological Lexicon (Virginia Language Series Vol. 2) is available now at the special low price of only $14.95 for paperback copy (3-5 days shipment by mail), or just $9.90 as an instant download!
Previously, it was almost impossible to find a comprehensive Tutelo dictionary, let alone one this affordable or easy to learn from. Grab yours today at Lulu.com , and tell anyone you know who may be interested in Native Language Revitalisation!
Based on colonial historians like Robert Beverley and Hugh Jones, it's believed that the Siouan Tutelo-Saponi (or Yesanechi) language was once something like *the* international language of the Virginia region, even as late as 1720 - being used in intertribal trade, diplomacy, and even prayers by Siouan, Algonquian and Iroquoian peoples alike. The language was thus sometimes compared to Latin as used in Europe.
Among the Siouan subtribes speaking intelligible dialects were the Monacan, Moneton, Saponi, Nahyssan, Manahoac, and Occaneechi. Between 1670 and 1702, most were scattered by the Iroquois into smaller groups that settled all over the eastern US and Canada.
By 1870, when scholars began to study and record the Tutelo-Saponi language, there were only few speakers left, living among the Cayuga tribe.
After lying dormant for near 100 years, the Tutelo language (Yesanechi) is once again being revitalized into the 21st century, with considerable interest in exploring the grammar to be found among today's Virginia Natives, as well as others of all backgrounds.
It is to these scholars, and to the native Tutelo who informed them, that we are indebted for the fact that now, the sounds of a speech developed along the rivers of Virginia and West Virginia, may once again be heard wafting throughout its former natural habitat!
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