Tuscarora is a Northern Iroquoian language with about 13 speakers in
southern Ontario in Canada, and in New York state and parts of North
Carolina in the USA. The native name for the language,
Sgaroorehʼ, means 'hemp people'.
The Tuscarora tribe was a member of the Iroquois Confederacy, or
Kanonsionni (league of clans), along with the Mohawk, Seneca, Cayuga
and Onondaga. The tribes now refer to themselves as the Haudenosaunee
(people of the longhouse) or Six Nations.
There two spelling systems for Tuscarora. The one shown below was developed
by the Tuscarora Nation in western New York.
Tuscarora alphabet and pronunciation
Sample text in Tuscarora
Haʼ Goonehrayehnehʼ gwehneeʼ
oodaʼreh, deehsnehʼ hehʼtu gwehneeʼ
nehyoohseht eehsgah haʼ oogyehrheh areh oogehʼ
oorehseh aryooyehʼnak, gayatheh
yoohsehʼnawehʼ oohgeehrehʼ haʼ
Information about the Tuscarora people and language
Words for Tuscarora animals
Article on Tuscarora language loss and preservation
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet