Native Greetings

Native Languages

In February, the United Nations proclaimed 2019 to be the year of Indigenous Languages, so every month this year, AIANTA is showcasing different words and phrases to highlight the diversity in our Native languages.

Words of Welcome

Our tribal partners, cultural heritage scholars and other language experts share how they say “Hello” or “Welcome” in their Native languages.

We the People

AIANTA queried our tribal partners and other language experts and asked how they say “The People” in their Native languages.

Honoring Our Fathers

As we get ready to honor our dads this Father’s Day, we at AIANTA queried our tribal partners and other language experts on how to address male family members in their Native languages. 

How Do You Say Mother?

This month we are highlighting the names of female family members and how those words translate in Indigenous languages.– Women’s HIstory Month

Native American Moon Names

With the coming of spring, we at AIANTA decided to do a little moongazing. Thanks to our tribal partners, we learned quite a few ways Native American tribes translate moon names.

How Indian Country Says I Love You

Since February is the month of romance, we queried our members, partners and friends to see how they’ll be expressing their affection this season.

Disappearing Languages

According to UNESCO, approximately 600 languages have disappeared in the last century. More alarmingly, they continue to disappear at a rate of one language every two weeks. If this pace continues, up to 90 percent of the world’s languages are likely to disappear before the end of this century.

In the United States, according to the Indigenous Language Institute, there were more than 300 indigenous languages. Today, about 175 remain, although this number may shrink to 20 by 2050 if efforts aren’t made to preserve these languages.

For more information on the Year of Indigenous Languages, visit or follow the hashtag #IY2019).

Language Resources

American Indian Language Development Institute

Northwest Indian Language Institute

Indigenous Language Institute

Consortium of Indigenous Language Organizations

Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival

Note: The words and phrases in this post were provided by members of the various tribes listed. Spellings and translations may vary. Some words may be missing accents or symbols due to limited characters on a keyboard. We’re happy to add your language and/or hear corrections and suggestions on spellings and translations, so please contact us at


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