Ohlone Languages

White, Tekla N.
January 1996
Missions of San Francisco Bay Area;1996, p20
In the 1700s, the Ohlone Indians spoke at least eight languages, all of which belonged to a single language family. A few words, such as ismen which means sun, were the same in all Ohlone villages. So many different words existed for other things, however, that some of the tribes could not understand one another. Several names for animals like pintail duck, red-tailed hawk, jackrabbit and mosquito, came from Ohlone languages that were spoken on the east and south sides of San Francisco Bay. These kinds of animals still live in the Bay Area.


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