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Mohave language

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Mohave language

Region California and Arizona, USA
Native speakers 100  (2007)
Language family
  • Core Yuman
    • River Yuman
      • Mojave
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mov
Linguist List

Mojave (also Mohave) is the native language of the Mohave people along the Colorado River in eastern California, northwestern Arizona, and southwestern Nevada. Approximately 70% of the speakers reside in Arizona, while approximately 30% reside in California.

Mojave belongs to the River branch of the Yuman language family, together with Quechan and Maricopa.

Language revitalization

As of 2012, The Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University "has facilitated workshops for both learners and speakers at the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation in northwest Arizona, California and Nevada. Fort Mojave has about 22 elders who speak some Mojave."[1] The project is also bringing elders together with younger people to teach the traditional Mojave "bird songs."[2]

The language preservation work of poet Natalie Diaz on the reservation was featured on the PBS News Hour in March 2012.[3]

See also


  • Hinton, Leanne. 1994. Flutes of Fire: Essays on California Indian Languages. Heyday Books, Berkeley, California.

External links

  • Survey of California and Other Indian Languages
  • OLAC resources in and about the Mohave language
  • California Language Archive: "Mojave"
  • World Atlas of Language Structures: Mojave
  • Mojave basic lexicon at the Global Lexicostatistical Database
  • Mohave Indian Language (Mojave)

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