Tewa

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A language of United States

Population

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

Location

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

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 (Golla 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 (Golla 2007).

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

Latin script [Latn].

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