Tewa is a Tanoan language spoken by about 1,600 people mainly in the Rio Grande valley in New Mexico, and also in Arizona, in the USA. It is spoken particularly in Ohkay Owingeh, San Ildefonso Pueblo (P'ohwhóge Owingeh), Santa Clara Pueblo, Tesuque Pueblo, Nambe Pueblo and Pojoaque Pueblo.
Tewa is also known as Tano or Tée-wah. Each community where Tewa is spoken has its own dialect. Various ways to write Tewa with the Latin alphabet have been developed since the 1960s. Some Tewa elders would prefer Tewa to remain an oral language, however other Tewa people believe that literacy is an important way to preserve and pass on the language.
A dictionary of Tewa was published in 1982, and efforts are being made to revitalize the language, which is considered endangered.
[ɾ] is written ḏ in some Tewa orthographies.
Information about Tewa
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