Qá pai. ( Hello! )
Tci tanq’ua’t Aiyanna, tsum Kommema Kalapuya
(My name is Aiyanna Brown and I am Kommema Kalapuya), an indigenous tribe from Oregon. We are working with local linguist Paul McCarty to learn our native language (Kalapuya)
Paul has worked hard over the years with the limited resources available and is in the final stages of making a 2 volume, 3,000 page dictionary of our language with notes and examples of usage.
With no living speakers of the language, only one audio file and ethnographies, it has been challenging to bring this language back to life. A dictionary of this size and detail would make a tremendous difference in our ability to study and share our language with others. Copies would be free of charge to universities, tribes and any native group trying to learn about NorthWest native languages and culture.
our native languages, foods, ceremonies, and way of life is slowing being washed away, please help us keep our culture alive and well so we can share it with you and our future generations.