Wébaxu Ní is a decorative alphabet invented by Ben Norton for Omaha-Ponca (Umoⁿhoⁿ–Paⁿka), a Siouan language spoken in Nebraska and Oklahoma in the USA. The name Wébaxu Ní means ink or literally “water for writing” in Omaha-Ponca. It can also be used to write other Siouan languages such as Crow and Hidatsa.
As with many languages around the world, the Latin alphabet is conventionally used to write Siouan languages, though differing orthographies are in use. Most of these orthographies include diacritical marks, such as the acute ( ́), superscript n (ⁿ), and superscript h (ʰ), but Wébaxu Ní uses auxiliary letters to represent these phonemes.
Wébaxu Ní is by no means a replacement for the generally used Umóⁿhoⁿ Nation Public School’s spelling system, but rather, an attempt to reimagine the Omaha–Ponca language with its own unique writing system.
Type of writing system: alphabet
Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
Used to write: Omaha-Ponca (Umoⁿhoⁿ–Paⁿka) and other Siouan languages
Wébaxu Ní alphabet
The letter íazhi, which means "to be silent", is used in front of vowels to capitalize them
Part of a recipe for cowboy bread (wamóskeshúga)
Wamóskeshóga páxe tamiⁿkʰe.
Úxpe tóⁿga théde btháska móⁿ.
Wamóskexóde ózhiha wéthihoⁿ sáthoⁿ, niskiⁿthe, téskamoⁿsenibthípe, ní kí wawégahi shénoⁿ.