Patwin is a Southern Wintuan language that was spoken in Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Yolo Counties in northern California in the USA. In 2011 there was just one native speaker of Patwin. Since 2010 the language has been taught at the tribal school of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation in Yolo County. There is also documentation of the language at the Tewe Kewe Cultural Center.
Patwin is also known as Wintu, Southern Wintun or Patween. There were two dialects: River Patwin, which was spoken in Colusa County along the Sacremento River, and Hill Patwin, which was spoken to the west of there in the foothills of the Coast Range.
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Information about the Patwin Language
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Page last modified: 23.04.21
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