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Old 08-24-2013, 08:03 AM   #5
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Here are some figures on Native language use for the 2010 census:

Native Language use

Be aware these figures are somewhat deceptive. In at least one case, they are blending mutually intelligible but distinct dialects of a language family into one. Also they list very very few of the individual languages.

Navajo (not a Navajo word, btw) has many many speakers. And, on the scale of Native language health, is a robust language with many youthful speakers. But Native languages, like many European languages, tend to have limited geographic distribution, particularly since we didn't generally found distant colonies where we forced the indigenous inhabitants to learn our language. Like Portuguese is of limited utility in Albania, Navajo isn't going to help much at a powwow in North Dakota.

Native language use by non-tribal members is a fraught subject. Maybe when I get back from going over to the local university metals studio to work on a silver cake server for my parents' 50th anniversary we can discuss it at length. Or you can run for the hills before I get started, LOL.
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