Shawnee is a Central Algonquian language with about 200 speakers in
central and northeastern Oklahoma. It was originally spoken in Ohio,
Kentucky, and Pennsylvania.
During the 19th century and 20th century, a number of spelling systems for
Shawnee were developed by missionaries, linguists and anthropologists.
One system was devised by a Shawnee, Thomas Wildcat Alford. None of these spelling
systems were widely adopted. The earliest known text in and about the Shawnee
language was A Story of the Shawnee, by George Blue Jacket, which was published
in Wapaughonnetta on 29 October 1829.
Shawnee pronunciation (Shawnee Orthography)
Further information about Shawnee pronounciation and a comparison of the
spelling systems for Shawnee can be found at:
Sample text in Shawnee
Waske pakekiliwewa, chena pakekiliwewa wece hipemile Tapalamalikwa, chena pakekiliwewa Tapalamalikwa.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1: 1
Information about the Shawnee language and culture
Say it in Shawnee - a book and CD that teaches conversational Shawnee
Official site of the Absentee Shawnee
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet