Mojave language

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Region California and Arizona, US
Ethnicity 2,000 Mojave people (2007)[1]
Native speakers
100  (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mov
Glottolog moha1256[2]

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[edit]

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."[3] The project is also bringing elders together with younger people to teach the traditional Mojave "bird songs."[4]

The language preservation work of poet Natalie Diaz on the reservation was featured on the PBS News Hour in March 2012.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Mojave at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Mohave". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Mary Shinn (2010-11-29). "ASU center bringing new life to Native languages". The State Press (Arizona State University). Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  4. ^ Pete Zrioka (2012-03-26). "Cultural conservation: keeping languages alive". Arizona State University News. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  5. ^ Mary Jo Brooks (2012-06-20). "On Wednesday's NewsHour: Poet Natalie Diaz". Art Beat. PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  • Hinton, Leanne. 1994. Flutes of Fire: Essays on California Indian Languages. Heyday Books, Berkeley, California.

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