LET'S SPEAK KUMEYAAY
My name is Samuel Brown. I am reservation born and bred. I am a
resident enrolled member of Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and I look like an
Indian. Some people are Indian but you would not know unless they told you. My
parents, grandparents and so on back were Kumeyaay Indian and I am considered a
full blood 100% but I am positive there were other types of people back there
somewhere. Some males, in my family, lose the hair on the top of their heads and
I am thinning out so? Both my parents spoke our language but they spoke different dialects. They
both came from the Capitan Grande Reservation but my late Mother came from one
village and my Father another village. Here lies a great language
debate. Which is the TRUE language. I don't really want to get
involved in this debate so I will just use the dialect spoken by the Brown
family of the Viejas Band. This might not be really true since I did learn
from my Late Grandmother and she spoke Mesa Grande. Someone pointed out to me
that my Dad and I do pronounce things differently. Well, at least I am trying to
do something. My first language is English but I have picked
up bits of our language since I was a child. I can pronounce words without
an American English accent. When true native speakers hear me talk they
think I know more than I do because I sound like I do. Bio
Unfortunately the language is passing very quickly. The
number of fluent speakers on each reservation can be counted on one or maybe two
hands. The phrases presented here are my attempt to preserve some of the
language. If you learn the few phrases here you know more language than
most people today. All the spelling is just my guess (including English).
I am adding stuff to this all the time. There is a Hungarian version of this website.
Check on the link below.
This web site cost me $25 a year to operate. There is also time and
effort, but that is just elbow grease. Oddly I thought some other tribes
might want to do something like this for their tribe but so far no one has
contacted me or asked how I do this. So, I will just keep truck'n away and
having fun doing this.
Click here for a link to a book that has a Kumeyaay as a central character.
It is a romance novel and I read it but don't tell anyone that I did. It does
have a lot of cultural things in it. It is named Dreamquest.