Tewa

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A language of United States

Population

1,500 (Golla 2007), decreasing. 18 monolinguals (1990 census). 1,200 speakers in New Mexico, 300 in Arizona (Golla 2007). Ethnic population: 4,500 (Golla 2007).

Location

New Mexico, North of Santa Fe, Santa Clara, San Juan, San Ildefonso, Nambe, Tesuque, and Pojoaque pueblos; Arizona, Hopi Reservation, Hano.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Hano, Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara, Tesuque.

Language Use

Shifting to English [eng]. Language preservation project focusing on computer technology (2007). 50% below 18 years, 70% above 18 (1980 census); most adults. Many younger ones prefer English [eng]; some do not speak Tewa. Some children acquiring the language in Hano (2007).

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1969–1984.
Writing
Latin script.