University of Arizona Professor of Linguistics, Natasha Warner (standing), assisting Amah Mutsun Tribal Band chairman, Val Lopez, with his Mutsun pronunciation. Photos by Frank Perez.

Mutsun descendants learn their ancestral tongue in San Juan

Nearly 80 Mutsun descendants attended a dictionary distribution and language workshop on June 24 in San Juan Bautista. The event was the first since the most comprehensive Mutsun-English, English-Mutsun dictionary was published online last year

A portion of the Mutsun dictionary. Courtesy of Natasha Warner, Lynnika Butler and Quirina Geary. 2016. Mutsun-English English-Mutsun Dictionary: mutsun-inkiS inkiS-mutsun riica pappel. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication no. 11. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.  672 pages.

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Nearly 20 Years in the Making, Dictionary Awakens Mutsun Language

Spearheaded by Amah Mutsun tribal member, Quirina Geary, and University of Arizona Professor of Linguistics, Natasha Warner, new Mutsun dictionary is born through an effort at language revitalization