ERIC Number: ED287617
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Aug-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Tolowa Language.
Bommelyn, Loren; And Others
A cultural and linguistic textbook on the Tolowa Indians of Northwestern California and Oregon provides a history of the tribe, a Tolowa Unifon chart and pronunciation guide, map of tribal lands with place names in Tolowa and English, stories, prayers, songs, genealogy, commonly-used words grouped topically, explanation in English of cultural activities, a dictionary (the longest section of the book), paradigm charts, and sample sentences. The tribal history describes the evolution of a written Tolowa language and the community effort to collect and preserve a vanishing culture. The map provides locations and names of Tolowa villages in English and Tolowa and accompanying lists provide names of rivers and other geographical entities in both languages. Eight stories, prayers/scriptures, and songs are in Tolowa with literal English translation. A tribal genealogy lists individuals by Tolowa and English names and provides a list of kinship names. Sections for commonly-used words include flora, fauna, counting, money, time, the 13-month lunar calendar, tools/implements, house interior with illustrations, feather dance clothes, baskets and instructions for basketmaking, body parts, and games/recreation with explanation of game rules and equipment. An alphabetically arranged English-Tolowa dictionary contains approximately 3,360 terms. Sample sentences in Tolowa are arranged alphabetically by first word with English translation. (LFL)
Descriptors: Adult Education, American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indian History, American Indian Languages, American Indian Literature, Anthropological Linguistics, Basic Vocabulary, Bilingual Instructional Materials, Community Involvement, Cultural Background, Cultural Context, Elementary Secondary Education, English, Language Maintenance, Language Patterns, Native Language Instruction, Phonemic Alphabets, Sentence Structure, Translation
Publication Type: Creative Works; Reference Materials - Vocabularies/Classifications; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Univ.-Humboldt, Arcata. Center for Community Development.
Identifiers - Location: California; Oregon