Natchez

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A language of United States

Population

6 (2011 H. Fields). Last speaker died in 1965 (Golla 2007).

Location

Originally Mississippi and Louisiana (Taensa dialect); now among the Creeks and Cherokees in Oklahoma.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Dialects

Taensa.

Language Use

Revitalization efforts in process with Breath of Life (Natchez) language seminars at the University of Oklahoma and Vista Volunteers and Language Preservation grants (2011 H. Fields). Primarily ceremonial activities and prayers. Elderly only. Also use Cherokee [chr], Muskogee [mus].