Zuni or Zuñi is a language isolate spoken by about 9,500
people in the USA, mainly in Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, and in parts
of Arizona. Zuni has been influenced to some extent by other languages
in the areas where its spoken, in particular Hopi, Keresan, Tanoan,
and also Navajo. The native name for Zuni is Shiwi or
Shiwi'ma (the Zuni way) and the Zuni call themselves
The language is spoken by people of all ages, including children, is
the main language of communication in the Zuni Pueblo, and is used in
Ways of writing Zuni with the Latin alphabet have been devised by
a number of linguists and anthropologists, including Stanley Newman and
Dennis Tedlock. The current orthography was devised mainly by Curtis
Cook, who recorded and transcribe hundreds of Zuni oral histories,
folk tales and religious teachings, and produced textbooks for
learning the language and other publications.
Zuni alphabet and pronunciation
A colon is used to mark long vowels, e.g. A:shiwi (Zunis).
- Le'na' benan k'okshi banan kwayi. Jesus Christ, ho'n a:wan Datchu
God an Tsawak'ona andepbe:'a.
- Hish kya:koł ho'n a:wan Datchu God an beye:na:kwe deya'kowa Isaiah
le'na' ts'ina: ya:k'yakkya. Ho'n a:wan Datchu God yam Tsawak le'anikwekkya,
"Si! Wan yu'hadiyahk'ya! Ho' yam beye:na:kwe dom an kel a:k'yap, lukk'on
dom an kwa'hoł demła yelede'unna.
- Luk hom an beye:na:kwe delibałda'kowa we'atchonan, a:ho'i le'a:wanikwanna,
‘Demł a:ho' a:wan Mosson an iydunona dekkwin don yam ik'e:na: k'okshuna:wa.
Iydunon akkya don yelede'una:wa!'" Lesna' Isaiah ts'ina: ya:k'yakkya.
- The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
- As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before
thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the
Lord, make his paths straight.
Mark 1: 1-3
Information about the Zuni language
Zuni translations of parts of the Bible
Information about Curtis Cook
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet