Hidatsa (Hiraaciré’)

Hidatsa is a Siouan language spoken mainly in North Dakota and South Dakota, and also in Montana, in the USA. In 2007 there were about 100 speakers of Hidatsa. The language is spoken mainly by adults over 65. The language is no longer passed on to children in families.

Since 2014 the MHA (Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara) Language Project has been working to revitalize Hidatsa. Their aim is to teach people the language, to produce learning materials, and to train teachers at Fort Berthold Community College in New Town in North Dakota.

Hidatsa alphabet and pronunciation

Hidatsa alphabet and pronunciation

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Siouan languages

Assiniboine, Biloxi, Chiwere, Crow, Dakota, Hidatsa, Ho-Chunk (Winnebago), Lakota, Mandan, Omaha, Osage, Quapaw, Stoney, Tutelo

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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