Apache, Mescalero-Chiricahua

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A language of United States

Population

1,500 (Golla 2007). 1,500 Mescalero in New Mexico, 3 Chiricahua in Oklahoma (Golla 2007). Ethnic population: More than 3,000 Mescalero (Golla 2007). 175 Chiricawa, including 149 in New Mexico (2000 census).

Location

New Mexico, Mescalero Reservation; some Chiricahua at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Chiricahua, Mescalero. Little dialectal variation between Chiricahua and Mescalero. Mostly a distinction in tribal identity (Golla 2007).

Language Use

A few Chiricahua semispeakers in Oklahoma (Golla 2007). Mainly older adults.

Language Development
Dictionary.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].