|Native to||United States|
|Ethnicity||1,700 Kaw (2007)|
a dozen claim to know it (2007)
Scholarship and resources
Pioneering anthropologist and linguist James Owen Dorsey collected 604 Kansa words in the 1880s and also made about 25,000 entries in a Kansa-English dictionary which has never been published. Dorsey also collected 24 myths, historical accounts, and personal letters from nine Kansa speakers.
In 1974, Linguist Robert L. Rankin met Kekahbah, Ralph Pepper (d. 1982), and Maud McCauley Rowe (d. 1978), the last surviving native speakers of Kansa. Rankin made extensive recordings of all three, especially Rowe, and his work over the next 31 years documented the language and helped the Kaw Nation to develop language learning materials.
As of 2012, the Kaw Nation offers online language learning for Kansa second language speakers.
- Kansa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Kansa". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Ranney, Dave. "Researchers try to preserve Indian languages." , accessed 8 Apr 2011
- Unrau, William E. The Kansa Indians: A History of the Wind People, 1673-1873. Norman: U of OK Press, 1971, p. 12
- Kaanze Weyaje: Kanza Reader. Kanza Language Project, Kaw City, OK: Kaw Nation, 2010, p. xiii
- Ranney, Dave. “Researchers try to preserve Indian languages.”, accessed 12 Apr 2011
- "Dhegiha Gathering Agenda, 2012" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-09-22.
|Kansa language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|