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Flutes of Fire : Essays on California Indian Languages

Flutes of Fire : Essays on California Indian Languages - 94 edition

Flutes of Fire : Essays on California Indian Languages - 94 edition

ISBN13: 9780930588625

ISBN10: 0930588622

Flutes of Fire : Essays on California Indian Languages by Leanne Hinton - ISBN 9780930588625
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 94
Copyright: 1994
Publisher: Heyday Books
Published: 1994
International: No
Flutes of Fire : Essays on California Indian Languages by Leanne Hinton - ISBN 9780930588625

ISBN13: 9780930588625

ISBN10: 0930588622

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 94

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Summary

Before outsiders arrived, about 100 distinct Indian languages were spoken in California, many of them alive today. Each of these languages represents a unique way of understanding the world and expressing that understanding. Flutes of Fire captures the range, beauty, and delight of this great heritage.

Flutes of Fire examines many different aspects of Indian languages: languages, such as Yana, in which men and women have markedly different ways of speaking; ingenious ways used in each language for counting (some people count in tens, others in fives, others in fours, Yurok has 15 different ways of counting, depending upon what is being counted); discusses how language can retain evidence of ancient migrations and other events; talks about what different groups are doing to keep languages alive and pass them down to the younger generations.

Author Bio

Hinton, Leanne : University of California-Berkeley

Leanne Hinton is associate professor of linguistics and director of the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages at the University of California, Berkeley. She also writes a column on languages for News from Native California and works with native people throughout the state on language preservation projects.