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The Wukchumni (English pronunciation: /wʌkˈʌmni/) are a Yokuts tribe of California with about 200 members, residing on the Tule River Reservation. 3000 years ago, they broke off from the main Yokuts group and settled in the region of the east fork of the Kaweah River.[1]


The traditional language of the Wukchumni tribe is Wukchumni or Wikchamni: it belongs to the Tule-Kaweah branch of the Yokutsan family. Wukchumni has only one native speaker today, Marie Wilcox, who is compiling a dictionary of the language.[2][3][4] Together with her daughter Jennifer, Marie Wilcox teaches weekly classes to interested members of their tribe.


  1. ^ "History of the Living History Community". The Preservation of Mineral King. 18 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Vaughan-Lee, Emmanuel (2014-08-18). "Who Speaks Wukchumni?". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Heller, Chris (2014-09-22). "Saving Wukchumni". The Atlantic. 
  4. ^ “Marie's dictionary”, a short documentary by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee.