Mescalero-Chiricahua (Ndee bizaa)

Mescalero-Chiricahua is a Southern Athabaskan language spoken in parts of Oklahoma and New Mexico in the USA by about 1,500 people. It is related to Western Apache and Navajo.

There are two main Mescalero-Chiricahua dialects: Mescalero and Chiricahua. Mescalero is spoken in western Texas and New Mexico in the USA, and in northern Chihuahua and northern Coahuila in Mexico. Chiricahua is spoken in parts of Arizona and New Mexico in the USA, and in northern parts of Sonora and Chihuahua in Mexico.

Mescalero-Chiricahua was documented by Harry Hoijer, an anthropological linguist, who published a grammatical description of the language, and also some religious and secular stories.

Mescalero-Chiricahua alphabet and pronunciation

Mescalero-Chiricahua pronunciation


The acute accents in the sample text are possibly used to indicate long vowels.

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Information about the Mescalero-Chiricahua alphabet and pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text

Íłtséshíͅ Bik'ehgo'iindáń gólíͅná'a.
Dájík'eh bédaagojísiͅ.
`Ákoo Isdzánádleeshé `iłdóͅ gólíͅná'a.
Bik'éshíͅgo Tóbájiishchinéń gooslíͅná'a.
Naaghéé'neesgháné `iłdóͅ gooslíͅná'a.

At the beginning the Creator existed.
Everyone knows about him.
And White Painted Woman also existed.
Afterwards Child of the Water was born.
Killer of Enemies also was born.


Information about Mescalero-Chiricahua | Numbers


Information about the Mescalero-Chiricahua language and people

Chiricahua and Mescalero Apache Texts

Na-Dené languages

Ahtna, Apache (Western), Babine-Witsuwit'en, Chilcotin, Chipewyan, Deg Xinag, Dena’ina, Dane-zaa (Beaver), Eyak, Gwich'in, Hän, Hupa, Jicarilla, Kaska, Koyukon, Lipan Apache, Lower Tanana, Mescalero-Chiricahua, Navajo, North Slavey, Sekani, South Slavey, Tahltan, Tanacross, Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib), Tolowa, Tsuut'ina (Sarcee), Tutchone, Upper Kuskokwim, Upper Tanana

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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