After lying dormant for near 100 years, the Tutelo language (Yesanechi) is once again being revitalised 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. Spoken by Siouan tribes in VA and WV between ca. 1270 and 1740, it was also widely used as a trade language by neighboring tribes of other linguistic stocks. Afterward, when the Tutelo joined the Iroquois Confederacy, it continued to be heard in the US and Canada into the 1900s. Tutelo features a rich verbal tense system, adding to evidence that it is probably the oldest member of the Siouan family.
This Lexicon is perfect for students wishing to increase vocabulary, as well as those trying to get to the roots of Tutelo. Vol. 2 in the Virginia Language Series.
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