You have arrived at the Modern Nomlaki Language Dictionary of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, our people’s record of the Nomlaki language. This dictionary allows us to honor our past, flourish in the present, and prepare for the future.
Here you can type an English word and get the Modern Nomlaki Language version, or a Nomlaki word and get the English version. There are over 3,000 entries in our dictionary.
The words within our dictionary preserve and present our cultural history — as our Nomlaki language contains the “DNA” of our culture. The Nomlaki dialects belong to the Northern Wintun branch of California Wintuan languages, and are related to the Patwin dialects — which belong to the Southern Wintun branch.
To use this dictionary, you need to be a Tribal Member of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians – kłītqu ʻeh ʻelhenlēh – please click here to request access.
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Through this dictionary, the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians wishes to honor the vision and efforts of our late elders who had the foresight to contribute to our linguistic heritage: Everett Freeman, “Bud” Swearinger, Bernice Blankenship, Louella Pata, Sylvester Simmons, Andrew Freeman, Joe Freeman, & Jeff Jones.
We recognize with immense gratitude: Leanne Hinton, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley), the late Alice Shepherd, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley), Pat Wenger, Ph.D. (Humboldt State University), & the late Walter Goldschmidt, Ph.D. (UCLA).